Stories from the Hip Hop South
Boondock Kollage: Stories from the Hip Hop South is a collection of twelve short stories that addresses issues of race, place, and identity in the post–Civil Rights American South. Using historical, spectral, and hip hop infused fiction, Boondock Kollage critically engages readers to question the intersections of regionalism and black culture in current American society.
I started this project as a dare to myself to rekindle my creative voice. I call her “Gina Mae,” the nickname bestowed upon me in Mrs. Adams’ eighth grade classroom during my first week of school at Southside Middle School in Albany, GA. I’ve been courting and trying to get Gina Mae to come out of hiding for almost a decade. She’s back and she’s got things to say.
Many thanks to Cynthia Dillard for reading an excerpt of a story from my blog and encouraging me to write out loud. Shout out to Kiese Laymon, my mentor and play cousin, for sensing something in my writing that I hadn’t felt in a long time. Thank you for advocating on my behalf to write about my country black girl magic. I’d also like to thank my mentors and friends David Ikard, Imani Perry, Mark Anthony Neal, Marcyliena Morgan, Guthrie Ramsey, Lisa B. Thompson, and Sharon Harley for encouraging me to let my southern girl self shine.
I am indebted to the support of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University and the department of Literature, Languages, and Philosophy at Armstrong State University for making room for me to think and work through my ideas. Specifically, I would like to thank Henry Louis Gates, Krishna Lewis, and Abby Wolfe at Harvard University and Beth Howells, Jane Rago, and Christopher Cartright at Armstrong for their various means of support throughout this...
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