Podcast: Minorities in Publishing

Bimonthly podcast from publishing professionals Bev Rivero & Jenn Baker, and other industry insiders, on diversity (or lack thereof) in the industry.

Episode 19: Interview with Ashley C. Ford

In episode 19 Jenn speaks with former Buzzfeed contributor, editor, and essayist Ashley C. Ford about the need for the publishing business model to better include & promote people of color as well as having to push through discomfort of uneasy discussion

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Episode 18: Interview with Andrea Davis Pinkney

In episode 18 Jenn speaks with award-winning & NYT best-selling author and VP/editorial director Andrea Davis Pinkney on her journey from journalism to children’s books and her advocacy for African-American artists & voices.

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Episode 17: Interview with Tracy Sherrod

In episode 17 Jenn speaks with editorial director of Amistad Books Tracy Sherrod on her experience getting into the industry, her love of books, and perceptions of Black literature.

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Episode 16: Interview with Zetta Elliott & Renée Watson

In episode 16 Jenn speaks with authors, educators, and activists Zetta Elliott and Renée Watson on their experiences dealing with traditional and self-publishing as artists of color.

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Episode 15: Interview with Nilah Magruder

In episode 15 Jenn speaks with illustrator and writer Nilah Magruder about the lack of diversity in the animation and comic book world and the need to be “present” as an artist.

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Episode 14: Interview with Emily X.R. Pan

In episode 14 Jenn speaks with Bodega Magazine editor-in-chief, writer, and marketing professional Emily X.R. Pan about her MFA experience as a writer of color and how she pursued publishing.

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Episode 13.5: Discussing Half-Resurrection Blues w/ Daniel José Older

Jenn and Daniel talk about the first book in Daniel’s Bone Street Rumba series from Penguin’s ROC imprint.

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Episode 13: Interview with Daniel José Older

In episode 13 Jenn speaks with author Daniel José Older about his experiences as a writer of color as well as some of the expectations & needs from the publishing industry to truly embrace more diversity.

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Episode 12: Interview with Monica Odom

In our twelfth episode we speak with literary agent Monica Odom about what she sees in terms of the lack of diversity in the literary world from the agent perspective.

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Episode 11: Interview with Cynthia Manick

In our eleventh episode we speak with poet, editor, and curator of the Sister Soul Revue reading series in New York City Cynthia Manick about her experiences as a POC in an MFA program, finding community, and being persistent.

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