Minorities in Publishing
Bimonthly podcast from Jenn Baker (and guests within the industry) on diversity (or lack thereof) in publishing.
info_outline Episode 83: Interview with Jerry Craft 02/21/2019
Episode 83: Interview with Jerry Craft Jenn speaks with artist/illustrator Jerry Craft about his trajectory as a cartoonist from regular strips to self-publishing to his latest graphic novel (New Kid) pubbing with a Big 5 publisher. Jerry shares his aesthetic which is bringing humor and heart to stories prioritizing Black families.
info_outline Episode 81: Interview with Bria Kiara 01/02/2019
Episode 81: Interview with Bria Kiara Jenn speaks with the creator of the new literary journal Day Dreamers, Bria Kiara about her inspiration and the nitty gritty details of starting your own print journal and the balance to maintain it as a unique vision for those included and who it represents.
info_outline Episode 78: Diversity Committees & Microaggressions in the Workplace 09/25/2018
Episode 78: Diversity Committees & Microaggressions in the Workplace Jenn spoke with scholarly publishing employees Celine and T (in marketing and sales, respectively) about their personal experiences as people of color within their work place, the necessity and also the push back of creating a diversity committee, and how microaggressions on the job have made it hard to retain marginalized employees.
info_outline Episode 77: Interview with Lilliam Rivera 08/15/2018
Episode 77: Interview with Lilliam Rivera Jenn speaks with author Lilliam Rivera (The Education of Margot Sanchez, Dealing in Dreams) about the hardships of writing short fiction, how she wrote her debut YA novel, incorporating social justice elements in her work, and character development.
info_outline Episode 75: Interview with James Han Mattson 04/12/2018
Episode 75: Interview with James Han Mattson In the latest episode Jenn speaks with James Han Mattson (The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves) about his time in the Iowa Writers' Workshop, the pathway to publication, how the It Gets Better campaign inspired his current book, and the reality of what publishing (and life) is like for People of Color.
info_outline Episode 74: Creative Conversation with Tracey Baptiste & Ibi Zoboi 03/28/2018
Episode 74: Creative Conversation with Tracey Baptiste & Ibi Zoboi On September 27, 2017, YPL National Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi and author of The Jumbies Tracey Baptiste celebrated the launch of the follow-up to Tracey's critically acclaimed book with Rise of the Jumbies. They spoke of Black female representation, particularly in mythology versus folklore and the importance of telling these stories to children via oral traditions as well as the roles relegated to women in these stories in the manifestations of "good" and "evil."
info_outline Episode 73: Interview with Jalissa Corrie & Bianca Salvant 03/05/2018
Episode 73: Interview with Jalissa Corrie & Bianca Salvant Jenn speaks with marketing associates Jalissa Corrie (Lee & Low Books) and Bianca Salvant (Atria Books/37 Ink) about their respective roles in book marketing. They shed light on the differences between marketing and publicity, the importance of rounding out representative teams in their departments and in sales, and the difference in pursuits when it comes to indie publishers and Big 5 imprints.
info_outline Episode 72: Interview with Rhoda Belleza 02/20/2018
Episode 72: Interview with Rhoda Belleza The latest episode welcomes editor at Macmillan's Imprint and author Rhoda Belleza (Empress of a Thousand Skies and Blood of a Thousand Stars). She and Jenn spoke about her entry into publishing via working for a book packager, how she draws a line between her editorial life and writing life, and breaking into the science fiction genre as an author of YA and a women of color.
info_outline Episode 71: Interview with Morgan Jerkins 01/30/2018
Episode 71: Interview with Morgan Jerkins Jenn speaks with Morgan Jerkins (This Will Be My Undoing) about her debut book that releases today(!), the hardships she found getting a foot in the door in publishing, Black women empowerment, how to properly pitch an editor, and how she wrote personal material that is also self-reflective in This Will Be My Undoing.
info_outline Episode 70: Interview with Arigon Starr 01/16/2018
Episode 70: Interview with Arigon Starr On the first episode of 2018, Jenn speaks with artist/musician/writer Arigon Starr (Super Indian) about her ongoing comic book Super Indian, the tenacity & passion it takes to pursue the arts, and how previous jobs helped her learn to better market and create her work.
info_outline Episode 68: Interview with Vashti Harrison 12/05/2017
Episode 68: Interview with Vashti Harrison Jenn speaks with author/illustrator Vashti Harrison (Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History) about her fast paced trajectory as a published author, her paths in film and illustration, and the work behind her upcoming book to represent so many Black legends.
info_outline Episode 67: Interview with Rosalie Morales Kearns 11/21/2017
Episode 67: Interview with Rosalie Morales Kearns Jenn speaks with Shade Mountain Press publisher and author Rosalie Morales Kearns (Kingdom of Women, Virgins and Tricksters) to discuss the role Catholicism has played in her writing (and most notably her new novel), why she started a feminist indie press, and intersectional feminism.
info_outline Episode 66: Interview with Nicole Blades 11/08/2017
Episode 66: Interview with Nicole Blades Jenn speaks with Nicole Blades (Have You Met Nora?, Earth's Waters, The Thunder Beneath Us and the Hey Sis! podcast) about her new novel, the prevalence of colorism, and how she utilizes her experience in journalism in her fiction writing.
info_outline Episode 63: Interview with Jesmyn Ward 09/28/2017
Episode 63: Interview with Jesmyn Ward Jenn speaks with National Book Award winner, and recent longlist nominee, Jesmyn Ward about her new book Sing, Unburied Sing; the work that went into her NYT bestselling anthology The Fire This Time, and societal influence on the aging and demonization of Black children.
info_outline Episode 62: Interview with David Barclay Moore 09/07/2017
Episode 62: Interview with David Barclay Moore Jenn speaks with author David Barclay Moore (The Stars Beneath Our Feet) about his trajectory from the Missouri to New York City, the healing capacity of the arts, his new middle grade book, and what he found to be the differences--from a craft perspective--between middle grade, young adult, and adult literature as a cross genre artist.
info_outline Episode 61: Interview with Jenny Zhang 08/25/2017
Episode 61: Interview with Jenny Zhang In the 3-year anniversary episode of the Minorities in Publishing podcast, Jenn interviews author Jenny Zhang (Sour Heart; Dear Jenny, We Are All Find; The Selected) about her road to publication post-MFA program for her debut story collection, entering the poetry scene to gain community, and also taking stock of what a writer should look for when it comes to representation and publication.
info_outline Episode 60: Interview with Madhuri Pavamani 06/28/2017
Episode 60: Interview with Madhuri Pavamani In the latest episode, Jenn speaks with author and diversity advocate Madhuri Pavamani (The Sanctum Trilogy) about her newly published books in The Keeper Series with St. Martin's Press, being a woman of color writing about people of color in genres (fantasy & romance) that have a dearth of those reputations, as well as how she divides her time between writing and being a practicing lawyer.
info_outline Episode 59: Interview with Saba Sulaiman 06/14/2017
Episode 59: Interview with Saba Sulaiman On the latest episode Jenn speaks with literary agent Saba Sulaiman about how she got into agenting and who may be a fit for this role in the industry, being a parent of a young child while navigating your career, and being an advocate at this time in the industry.
info_outline Episode 58: Interview with Marcus Kwame Anderson 06/01/2017
Episode 58: Interview with Marcus Kwame Anderson [This interview was conducted via Skype which may contribute to fluctuations in audio quality.] Marcus Kwame Anderson (illustrator for the comic Snow Daze and creator of the webcomic EastRaven) speaks to Jenn about the correlation of categories in the field of visual arts as compared to the written genre, how collaboration works from the illustrators perspective, and about his own projects and aims to create stories his own children can read and see themselves in. Transcription of this episode can be found on the Episodes page of the podcast Tumbler next to the episode link.
info_outline Episode 57: Interview with Annie Koyama 05/18/2017
Episode 57: Interview with Annie Koyama [This interview was conducted via Skype, so there may be some audio variation.] Jenn spoke with founder and publisher of Koyama Press (which is celebrating their 10-year anniversary), Annie Koyama on how she got into publishing, the pursuit of doing what you love, the Con circuit, and the work involved behind small presses focusing on art books and visual stories.
info_outline Episode 56: Creative Conversation w/ Renée Watson & Jason Reynolds 05/03/2017
Episode 56: Creative Conversation w/ Renée Watson & Jason Reynolds [Sound for this episode was edited by MR Daniel. Thanks MR!] On March 29th, the nonprofit I, Too, Arts Collective held a celebratory NYC book launch for Renée Watson's new young adult novel Piecing Me Together with Renée in conversation with National Book Award finalist Jason Reynolds at Langston Hughes' brownstone in East Harlem. The two read portions of their latest work; discuss creativity, legacy, and Black girlhood; and go on to answer questions from the audience.
info_outline Episode 55: Interview with Rahul Mehta 04/20/2017
Episode 55: Interview with Rahul Mehta [This interview was conducted via Skype and sound was edited by MR Daniel.] In the latest episode Jenn interviews Rahul Mehta (Quarantine, No Other World) to discuss the process of promoting and writing his sophomore effort, being a writer from the Southern region and how little we hear about this area especially for marginalized artists, as well as the reality of writers block and how he pushed through to write a novel on the immigrant experience from the perspective of those raised in the United States. [The transcript for this episode can be found on the podcast Tumblr "Episodes" page.]
info_outline Episode 54: Interview with Alaina Leary 04/06/2017
Episode 54: Interview with Alaina Leary On the latest episode, Jenn speaks with writer, publicist, and social media editor Alaina Leary about the ways that have helped her get her pitches accepted by publications, how employers should be cognizant to the needs of disabled applicants and employees, and the job of a publicist who isn't in New York City. [The transcript for this episode can be found on the podcast Tumblr "Episodes" page.]