I used to dream about my work being discussed in an English Literature course. One day a group of kids will be trying to figure out what the hell I was talking about. I’d be praised among the
But probably not. And that’s fine. I’ll keep writing anyway.
As a writer, I have come to understand that in every capacity the term “urban” is synonymous with “Black people.” I don’t want to be an urban fiction writer; I want to be a writer. But I’m Black writing about Black people and not exclusively Black people drama. So I feel like I’m automatically fitted into the urban fiction slot when really, I just want to write fictional stories. Period.
How do I get there?