Minorities In Publishing



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


  • Episode 66: Interview with Nicole Blades

    08/11/2017 Duración: 43min

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

  • Episode 65: Interview with Nic Stone

    25/10/2017 Duración: 01h24s

    [This interview was conducted via Skype so there will be some audio variation.] In the latest episode Jenn speaks with Nic Stone (Dear Martin) about how she came to write her debut, her experiences writing other marginalized identities, the fundamental necessity of critical thought in seeing progress, and her personal aesthetic when it comes to cosmetics and other creative outlets. Transcript of this episode can be found on the 'Episodes' page of the Podcast Tumblr site.

  • Episode 64: Interview with Samantha Mabry

    11/10/2017 Duración: 46min

    [This interview was conducted via Skype.] Jenn speaks with this year's National Book Award YPL longlist nominee Samantha Mabry (All the Wind in the World and A Fierce and Subtle Poison) about her new book with Algonquin Young Readers and being recognized for the #NBAwards, learning from students as a college instructor, and the Dallas literary scene.  The transcript of this episode can be found on the Tumblr episode page.

  • Episode 63: Interview with Jesmyn Ward

    28/09/2017 Duración: 23min

    [This interview was conducted via phone and edited/amplified, so there may be some audio variation.] Jenn speaks with National Book Award winner, and recent longlist nominee, Jesmyn Ward about her new novel 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. 

  • Episode 62: Interview with David Barclay Moore

    07/09/2017 Duración: 40min

    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. 

  • Episode 61: Interview with Jenny Zhang

    25/08/2017 Duración: 37min

    [This interview was conducted via phone, post-editing may retain some audio variation.] 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.   

  • Episode 60: Interview with Madhuri Pavamani

    28/06/2017 Duración: 58min

    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.

  • Episode 59: Interview with Saba Sulaiman

    14/06/2017 Duración: 49min

    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.

  • Episode 58: Interview with Marcus Kwame Anderson

    01/06/2017 Duración: 47min

    [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. 

  • Episode 57: Interview with Annie Koyama

    18/05/2017 Duración: 44min

    [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. 

  • Episode 56: Creative Conversation w/ Renée Watson & Jason Reynolds

    03/05/2017 Duración: 01h16min

    [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. 

  • Episode 55: Interview with Rahul Mehta

    20/04/2017 Duración: 01h03min

    [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.]

  • Episode 54: Interview with Alaina Leary

    06/04/2017 Duración: 43min

    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.]

  • Episode 53: Interview with Brooke Obie

    23/02/2017 Duración: 50min

    Author of the Book of Addis series Brooke Obie speaks with Jenn about her debut novel, embracing dialect to tell the story she needed to, pursuing self-publication, the Neo-Slave Narrative, and the various avenues of support writers may receive and how to handle disappointment.

  • Episode 52: Interview with Lara Ameen

    18/01/2017 Duración: 01h03min

    On the latest episode Jenn speaks with disability advocate, writer, and PhD candidate Lara Ameen on what accessibility really means for inclusivity, how few and far between disability representation is seen in media, and recognition of true ally-ship within the marginalized community. 

  • Episode 51: Interview with Kia Corthron

    22/12/2016 Duración: 01h13min

    On the latest episode Jenn interviews 2016 Center For Fiction First Novel Prize winner Kia Corthron (The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter) about being an older debut novelist, the path to publication of an epic tome, and the reality of representing marginalized people both within and outside one's background. 

  • Episode 50: Interview with Marietta B. Zacker

    30/11/2016 Duración: 57min

    On the latest episode Jenn speaks with literary agent Mariette B. Zacker of Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency. Topics they discuss include the range of knowledge for being an agent and using that to your advantage, the inaccuracy of anyone thinking that diversity is a "trend," as well as the necessary work yet to be done in publishing to make marginalized authors feel more welcome in an industry that has not always been welcoming. 

  • Episode 49: Interview with Brendan Kiely & Jason Reynolds

    15/11/2016 Duración: 53min

    [Please note this episode was recorded over Skype, which may account for some audio variation and blips.] On the latest episode Jenn speaks with the New York Times bestselling authors of All American Boys Brendan Kiely and Jason Reynolds about their collaborative process--especially when it comes to such an important topic, their touring and experiences speaking on race relations and police brutality, being pigeonholed as a marginalized artist, as well as the work to be done and the importance of young readers being treated as adults. 

  • Episode 48: Interview with WNDB Interns (Pt. 3)

    26/10/2016 Duración: 38min

    In the last of three episodes with this year's group of We Need Diverse Books' publishing interns, Jenn speaks with Jocquelle S. Caiby, Alexandra Hightower, and Jessica Howard about the realities of being a literary agent, including the financial side, and how that impacts the work they do while also reinforcing the passion they have to see more representation in books and clientele.

  • Episode 47: Interview with WNDB Interns (Pt. 2)

    10/10/2016 Duración: 48min

    In the second of three episodes with this year's group of We Need Diverse Books' publishing interns, Jenn speaks with Maya Marlette and Rafiatou Ouro Aguy about their love of books leading them to publishing as a career option, the necessity of a paid internship, and how to navigate your way as you start off in the publishing industry.

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