The Black Body (Seven Stories Press), edited by Meri Nana-AMA Danquah
Meri Danquah will be reading with Susan Hayden, Nzingha Clarke, Kenji Jasper, and Jason Luckett.
Meri Nana-Ama Danquah is author of the groundbreaking memoir Willow Weep for Me: A Black Woman's Journey Through Depression and editor of two critically acclaimed anthologies, Becoming American and Shaking the Tree. She is a native of Ghana, a single mother, and Los Angeles resident.
Photo of Meri Danquah by Korama A Danquah.
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In "The Black Body" thirty black, white, and biracial contributors celebrate the black body's dramatic role in American culture. Award-winning actors, artists, writers, and comedians-including voices as varied as Obama's inaugural poet Elizabeth Alexander, comedy writer Anne Beatts, "Village Voice" journalist Greg Tate, filmmaker S. Pearl Sharp, award-winning actor Hill Harper, acclaimed writer Kenneth Carroll, and more-come together to offer their personal takes on a fascinating and fundamental question of our times: what does it mean to have, or love, a black body?Ranging from deeply serious to playful, sometimes hilarious musings, these essays explore desire, old age, obesity, sex, hunger, parenting, and friendship with passionate wisdom and a deep sense of history. Meri Nana-Ama Danquah's unprecedented collection illuminates the incredible diversity of identities and individual experiences that define the black body in our culture.