Here at The Root we’ve always loved, praised, and centered Black literature in the broader conversation. Each week hosts Danielle Belton and Maiysha Kai sit down with an author we love to talk about their work, what inspires them, and what they hope to contribute to the culture at large. Guests so far include Nikole Hannah Jones, Brittney Cooper, Ijeoma Oluo, Morgan Jerkins, and Claudia Rankine.
This week we're sitting down with writer and humorist M Shelly Conner about her new novel, Everyman, which is a brilliant work of historical fiction about heritage, identity, and The Great Migration. In addition to her written work, M Shelly is also an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Central Arkansas, and has a Ph.D. in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and she's also the creator of a web series called Quare Life, about four queer women of color living in Chicago.