Kalisha Buckhanon

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in Kankakee, Illinois, The United States
April 01, 1977

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Kalisha Buckhanon's novels are Solemn, Conception and Upstate. Her short stories are widely published in many online and university print literary journals. Her articles and essays appear on several popular women’s blogs and cultural websites. Her writing awards include an American Library Association ALEX Award, Friends of American Writers Award, Illinois Arts Council Fellowship, and Terry McMillan Young Author Award. Kalisha’s work has received attention in major media outlets such as Essence, The Guardian, BBC-London, TV-One, People, Elle, Entertainment Weekly and Marie Claire. She has an M.F.A. from the New School in New York City, and her B.A. and M.A. in English from University of Chicago. She writes at her blog Negression.com.

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Kalisha Buckhanon Hello, Thank you for checking in with my blog and I will keep you posted with a date for the new novel, which I think I'm retitling again :)... Happy…moreHello, Thank you for checking in with my blog and I will keep you posted with a date for the new novel, which I think I'm retitling again :)... Happy Holidays, Kalisha(less)
Kalisha Buckhanon Hello Alyssa, Thank you for reading Upstate and Conception. I am happy you enjoyed them. They are both complete in my eyes, though I have had ideas…moreHello Alyssa, Thank you for reading Upstate and Conception. I am happy you enjoyed them. They are both complete in my eyes, though I have had ideas for other stories those books' characters could be the perfect containers for. I once attempted to set the lovers of Upstate in a tale of present-day activists, but something else took over. I would love to write another epistolary novel if inspired to it again. It was a very emotional and strong experience with writing. Many blessings, Kalisha(less)
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Upstate

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Solemn: A Novel

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Ahead of its June 2019 release from Counterpoint Press, SPEAKING OF SUMMER is now available for Pre-Order on Amazon and on Goodreads here: Speaking of Summer.

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“At least when somebody's suffocating, you can tell: you see their faces turn blue, their lips quiver, their eyes buck, and their throats jerk. But when a man is mentally packing his bags the suitcase is never out until he's already standing on the other side of the door.”
Kalisha Buckhanon, Conception

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“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life's a bitch. You've got to go out and kick ass.”
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“Make up a story... For our sake and yours forget your name in the street; tell us what the world has been to you in the dark places and in the light. Don't tell us what to believe, what to fear. Show us belief's wide skirt and the stitch that unravels fear's caul.”
Toni Morrison, The Nobel Lecture In Literature, 1993

“Sure you can do anything when talking or writing, it's not like living when you can only do what you doing.”
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“Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn't matter. I'm not sure a bad person can write a good book. If art doesn't make us better, then what on earth is it for.”
Alice Walker

“We tell ourselves stories in order to live...We look for the sermon in the suicide, for the social or moral lesson in the murder of five. We interpret what we see, select the most workable of the multiple choices. We live entirely, especially if we are writers, by the imposition of a narrative line upon disparate images, by the "ideas" with which we have learned to freeze the shifting phantasmagoria which is our actual experience.”
Joan Didion, The White Album




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