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Kolin Mendez Photography

Formerly a middle and high school teacher, Carla is now a Senior Publicist at Algonquin Books / Algonquin Young Readers, and freelance writer living in Brooklyn. She writes about the intersections of motherhood, race, and pop culture. A voracious reader, she's also the books editor at Well-Read Black Girl, and co-organizer of its inaugural festival in the fall of 2017. Her essay, “Amazing Grace,” is published in the anthology Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Voices, Discovering Ourselves, edited by book club founder Glory Edim (Ballantine Books; 10/30/18).

Interviews & Appearances

How Can You Beat A Book Slump? 9 Literary Professionals Share Their Tips & Tricks
Bustle, March 2019

Notice Me: How Literary Publicity Works
Fiction / Non / Fiction Podcast, January 2019

In conversation with Frances de Pontes Peebles for The Air You Breathe
Books Are Magic, December 2018

The Rise of the Well-Read Black Girl Book Club
NPR Weekend Edition, November 2018

Panelist: Brooklyn Talks: Well-Read Black Girl with Glory Edim
Brooklyn Museum, November 2018

Panelist: Creating the Well-Read Black Girl Anthology
Well-Read Black Girl Book Festival, November 2018

[Career trajectory series on former English majors]
after words, August 2018

What this Feminist Writer Recommends to New Freelancers
Writing on Glass, August 2018

In Conversation with Ashley Ford
LMHQ Women’s Breakfast, June 2018

Sundays at Erv’s
November 2017

Bad Advice From Bad Women
October 2017

A is for Afrocentric
The Longest Shortest Time Podcast, October 2017

Moderator: Literary Agent Panel Discussion / Festival Organizer
Well-Read Black Girl Book Festival, September 2017

In conversation with Gabourey Sidibe for This is Just My Face
Greenlight Bookstore, May 2017

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