Jeffrey Colvin

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Jeffrey was born and raised in Alabama, but now lives in New York City where he has been teaching and doing grant writing for small community-based arts organizations.
His debut novel, Africaville, was published in December 2019 by Amistad/HarperCollins USA. The novel is also being published in Canada, France, and Australia.
An excerpt of Africaville appeared in Narrative magazine, and his other fiction, reviews and essays have appeared in Hot Metal Bridge, Painted Bride Quarterly, Rain Taxi Review of Books, The Millions, The Brooklyn Rail, and elsewhere.
Before returning to school to pursue an MFA, he served in the United States Marine Corps, and worked as an advertising analyst, congressional aide, and nonprofit manager.
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"Manhattan School of Music, one of the premier music schools in the United States, announced a roster of 24 Black artists ranging from instrumentalists to educators, authors, activists, composers, and singers to become Artists Scholars. The illu..." Read more of this blog post »
"Cornell University is hosting a yearlong celebration of their beloved alumna Toni Morrison M.A. ’55 on the 50th anniversary of “The Bluest Eye.” They have invited Tayari Jones to join them as a panelist for their Feb. 18, 2021, roundtable discussi..." Read more of this blog post »
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Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones
I was going to ask her if maybe we could be sisters. It wasn’t our fault what our parents had done to each other.
Readers sometimes ask me why I didn’t find a happier ending for Dana and Chaurisse. My answer is that that this isn’t the end for them. The road to healing and reconciliation is a long one. At the end of the story, they have each become their mothers’ daughters. Can you imagine how Gwen and Laverne would react to their daughters treating each other like sisters? They cannot be grown women until they pull away from this blind loyalty. I believe that as they continue to grow and mature, they will find each other again.
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When you have seen your mother shattered, there’s no putting her back together. There will always be seams, chipped edges, and clumps of dried glue. Even if you could get her to where she looks the same, she will never be stronger than a cracked plate.
We all have that moment when we realize that our mothers are women, not just mothers. That’s a serious moment in growing up. When you see your mother is not invincible, when you see that she has a heart that can be broken—then you realize that there is more to her life than just you. From that day forward, you have to think about her feelings, consider her loads. Can you remember the moment when you saw your mother as more than just your mother?
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But I lived in a world where you could never want what you wanted out in the open.
This really distills Dana’s experience into one line. From a very young age, she must wear a mask. She has to pretend like she is grateful for any time with her father that she can get. She sometimes has to pretend like he’s not even her father. It’s like she is a hungry child who is not allowed to ask to eat lunch.
Jeffrey Colvin added a status update: Awesome news: I’m a 2020 Hurston/Wright Legacy awards nominee! Mark your calendars and join me Friday October 16th for a virtual gathering to support the Hurston/Wright Foundation as they celebrate their mission to honor and amplify Black writers.

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"Each year, the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read initiative brings communities together around the shared activity of reading and discussing a book. On June 16, 2020, the Arts Endowment announced funding for 84 organizations to lead NEA Big..." Read more of this blog post »
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