Creative Muse: Writing Black Texans' Stories on the Road to Winning the National Book Award in Fiction - A Conversation with Dr. Latoya Watkins


Collin College


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Short Film

Publication Date

Winter 2-28-2024


Dr. LaToya Watkins is a 2023 National Book Award winner in Fiction for her novel "Holler, Child", a collection of short stories about the lives of Black people in West Texas. In "Holler, Child’s" 11 brilliant stories, Watkins presses at the bruises of guilt, love, and circumstance. Each story introduces us to a character irrevocably shaped by place and reaching toward something—hope, reconciliation, freedom. Her writing has appeared in A Public Space, The Sun, Kweli Journal, McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Kenyon Review, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, and elsewhere. She is a Kimibilo fellow and has received support from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, MacDowell, OMI: Arts, Yaddo, Hedgebrook, and the Camargo Foundation. She is the author of "Perish" and "Holler, Child".

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