Nafissa Thompson-Spires: Heads of the Colored People

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Author, Nafissa Thompson-Spires Photo credit: Beowulf Sheehan

Nafissa Thompson-Spires discusses writing contemporary short stories within a literary tradition. Influenced by Victor LaValle and Paul Beatty, Charles Brockden Brown and Edgar Allen Poe, literary legacies are the backdrop to her expectations-defying stories of modern black identity. Nafissa Thompson-Spires tries to capture what’s human in what otherwise may only be trends.