Carla is a book publicist and writes regularly for New York Magazine. Her work has also appeared in New York Times, The Ringer, and Lenny Letter, among others. She is a books editor at Well Read Black Girl.
Should I Give My Daughter Dreadlocks?
“I’m raising a Black child in the United States of America — how I decide to style her hair should be the least of my concerns. But I only get to parent my daughter once. I can’t pretend that our bodies aren’t a battleground for continued political and psychological violence.”
I spoke to Bustle about how to get through book slumps.
“As a kid, riding my bike to the library and borrowing nine to 10 books at a time was one of my absolute favorite things to do. I'd get home, open my backpack, and just work my way through my new books hungrily until I'd finished them all. I think about what that Carla would say if she could see me now, barely able to get through a few pages without checking my phone, and then guilt will compel me to put my electronics in another room so that I can finally lose myself in whatever I'm reading.” Read more here!
I was on a podcast!
For Literary Hub, the hosts of the Fiction / Non / Fiction podcast asked me and Karen Gu of Graywolf to discuss all things book publicity. Available wherever you listen to your podcasts, or you can stream it directly from the Lit Hub website here.
WELL READ BLACK GIRL: Finding Our Voices, Discovering Ourselves
The very first Well-Read Black Girl anthology, edited by my friend and hero, Glory Edim, goes on sale next Tuesday, October 30! I’m so excited and humbled to be included in this collection, along with some truly phenomenal women writers like Jacqueline Woodson, Tayari Jones, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Jesmyn Ward, and many, many others.
Pre-order your copy TODAY from Indiebound and support your local independent bookstore!