Talk, Talk Back

Artists and thinkers invite us to immerse ourselves in the written and visual worlds they have built using multiple genres and kinds of media. When these visionaries enter into public conversations with each other, they provide fascinating insight into the thought processes that inform their work, and share tools with which we can engage with their art and their intellectual production in a meaningful way. Below, you will find links to conversations between literary icons, trailblazing visual artists, and radical thinkers. These individuals have in common a drive to imagine and to create around, in spite of, or with little regard for (white supremacist) gatekeepers’ continuous attempts to constrain and erase Black people’s creativity.


Zoë Gadegbeku is the Communications Manager for the Elma Lewis Center. She blogs at


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