Kiese Laymon

Cover art for "Heavy: An American Memoir" and Kiese Laymon. Black text spells "HEAVY" and white text spells "AN AMERICAN MEMOIR" and "KIESE LAYMON" on red background; Black man in black hooded sweatshirt poses in front of green trees and grey sky

Kiese Laymon Wins Andrew Carnegie Medal, Gives Prize Money to Young Mississippians

The “Heavy: An American Memoir” author and educator will donate his prize money from the American Library Association award to organizations that work with young people in his home state.

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'Heavy' Author Kiese Laymon Is Not Here to Titillate You

With his new memoir ,”Heavy,” the Mississippi author and professor charts a childhood filled with trauma, fear, violence and secrets. Here’s why he revealed so very much about his family, friends and hometown.

 

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Cassius Tackles Toxic Masculinity in #MeToo Era With January Cover

Darnell L. Moore: “Because it’s time to reflect on the ways our collective love for ‘masculinity’ is like a tight ass grip choking brothers’ freedom, whether they have learned to breathe with hands around their necks or not.”

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QUOTABLE: 3 Important Passages From New Book 'The Fire This Time'

Jesmyn Ward’s “The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race” hit bookshelves earlier this month. Here are three passages you must read even before you buy your own copy.

Kiese Laymon on Trayvon, Black Manhood and Love

Author Kiese Laymon reflects on the killing of Trayvon Martin, black manhood and the prospect of real black love.

Kiese Laymon On Race and Writing

Jackson, Miss., native Kiese Laymon is the first-time author of not one but two books: “How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America,” an essay collection released this week, and a satirical time-travel novel, “Long Division,” which came out in June.