Minorities In Publishing



Bimonthly podcast from Jenn Baker (and guests within the industry) on diversity (or lack thereof) in publishing.


  • Episode 86: Interview with Radix Media

    22/04/2019 Duración: 44min

    Jenn speaks with co-owners of Brooklyn based Radix Media, Lantz Arroyo and Sarah Lopez, about the work of printers, being a new independent publisher, and the case for worker cooperatives to provide equity in the workplace.  [Transcription will be available on the Episodes tab of the Tumblr.]

  • Episode 85: Live Recording at TechForum with Jael Richardson

    25/03/2019 Duración: 43min

    [Audio and Transcription of this episode was provided by BookNet Canada] Road Trip to Toronto for the latest episode! At this year's Tech Forum conference Jenn spoke with author and founder of the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD), Jael Richardson, about the creation of an inclusive literary festival, the work to maintain representation, and also the benefits and concerns about tagging/separating books by marginalized authors when it comes to consumers finding these works. Transcription of this episode can be found on the Episodes page of the podcast Tumblr site. 

  • Episode 84: Creative Conversation with Carole Boston Weatherford & Frank Morrison

    06/03/2019 Duración: 52min

    On January 10th, the nonprofit I, Too, Arts Collective held a celebratory NYC book launch for the picture book The Roots of Rap, a collaboration between award-winning & acclaimed artists  Carole Boston Weatherford and Frank Morrison at Langston Hughes’ brownstone in East Harlem. The two discussed their origins as writer and visual artist respectively, the history of hip-hop/rap music, and their thoughts on some of the greatest artists of our time.

  • Episode 83: Interview with Jerry Craft

    21/02/2019 Duración: 35min

    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. 

  • Episode 82: Interview with Imani Josey

    23/01/2019 Duración: 43min

    [This episode was heavily edited and conducted over Skype, so please not audio variation.] Jenn speaks with Imani Josey (The Blazing Star) about creating a realistic and mindful historical YA novel with Black protagonists, the inspiration from her pageant background for her short story "Crown," and her trajectory as a self-published and traditional published author with a mind for business.  Transcription of this episode can be found on the Episodes tab on the MiP Tumblr. 

  • Episode 81: Interview with Bria Kiara

    02/01/2019 Duración: 31min

    [This interview was conducted via Google Hangouts, some audio variation may be heard.] 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. [Transcription of this episode will be available on the podcast Tumblr 'Episodes' tab.]

  • Episode 80: Interview with Dawn Quigley

    19/12/2018 Duración: 40min

    [This interview was conducted via Google Hangouts, some audio variation may be present.] Jenn spoke with debut author and professor Dawn Quigley (Apple in the Middle) about writing for trade vs. academia, presenting Native American identities in fiction, and what it was like her debut year. 

  • Episode 79: Interview with SJ Sindu

    05/12/2018 Duración: 45min

    [Please note that audio variation occurs in this episode, which was conducted via phone.] On the latest episode Jenn speaks with author SJ Sindu about her novel Marriage of A Thousand Lies, her path to publishing her first novel after leaving tech and moving towards creative writing, the perspectives of LGBTQ+ narratives and importance of intersectional stories (and reviewers) in the industry.

  • Episode 78: Diversity Committees & Microaggressions in the Workplace

    25/09/2018 Duración: 51min

    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. [Transcription of this episode will be available on the podcast Tumblr 'Episodes' tab.]

  • Episode 77: Interview with Lilliam Rivera

    15/08/2018 Duración: 58min

    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, along with being a born & raised New Yorker. [Transcription of this episode can be found on the Episodes tab on the podcast Tumblr.]

  • Episode 76: Interview with Peter Gajdics

    30/07/2018 Duración: 50min

    [This interview was conducted via Skype so there may be some audio variation.] Content Warning: This episode contains discussion on sexual and emotional assault. Jenn speaks with Peter Gajdics (Inheritance of Shame) about the struggles to write his memoir on conversion therapy, the experience and outcomes of writing a trauma narrative, and the exploration of shame as well as reconciling with being able to heal after experiencing and writing about one's own and others' experiences.  

  • Episode 75: Interview with James Han Mattson

    12/04/2018 Duración: 53min

    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.

  • Episode 74: Creative Conversation with Tracey Baptiste & Ibi Zoboi

    28/03/2018 Duración: 01h06min

    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."

  • Episode 73: Interview with Jalissa Corrie & Bianca Salvant

    05/03/2018 Duración: 01h07min

    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. Transcription of this episode is available on the Episodes tab on the podcast Tumblr.

  • Episode 72: Interview with Rhoda Belleza

    20/02/2018 Duración: 42min

    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. Transcription of this episode can be found on the Episodes page of the podcast's Tumblr, available later this week.

  • Episode 71: Interview with Morgan Jerkins

    30/01/2018 Duración: 01h05min

    [This interview was conducted via Google Hangouts so there may be some audio variation.] 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. [Transcription of this episode can be found on the MiP Podcast 'Episodes' page.]

  • Episode 70: Interview with Arigon Starr

    16/01/2018 Duración: 40min

    [This interview was conducted via Skype, so there may be some audio variation.] 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.  Transcript of this interview can be found on the Tumblr Episodes page.

  • Episode 69: Interview with Nidhi Chanani

    21/12/2017 Duración: 51min

    [This episode was conducted via Skype so there may be some audio variation.] Jenn speaks with cartoonist Nidhi Chanani (Pashmina) about her debut graphic novel, using art as a form of resistance and utilizing happiness to enhance awareness, and how committing oneself to art means perseverance. Transcription of this episode will be available on the Episodes page of the podcast Tumblr.

  • Episode 68: Interview with Vashti Harrison

    05/12/2017 Duración: 47min

    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.   Transcript can be found on the 'Episodes' page of the podcast's Tumblr site. 

  • Episode 67: Interview with Rosalie Morales Kearns

    21/11/2017 Duración: 45min

    [This interview was conducted via Skype and there may be some audio variation.] 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. The transcript of this interview will be linked to on the podcast's Episode page.

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