I'm very happy to report that Jazz Moon has won the Publishing Triangle's Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction!
I'm in literary heaven. Yesterday I was honored to receive an Edmund White Debut Fiction Award nomination from The Publishing Triangle. This morning, the Lambda Literary Awards were announced and Jazz Moon is a finalist for Best Gay Fiction alongside such prestigious writers as Garth Greenwell and Darryl Pinckney. So excited. So honored. So excited.
Are You Hep to the Jive? Jazz and Literature in the Harlem Renaissance is a dual talk and concert. The talk will focus on historical fiction novel Jazz Moon by Joe Okonkwo, and select Harlem Renaissance songs will be performed by pianist Hila Kulik. Guest vocalist Candice Hoyes will perform jazz standards.
I serve as Prose Editor for Newtown Literary, a journal devoted to publishing writers living in the NYC borough of Queens. I'm extremely proud to do so. We've announced the following nominations for Pushcart and PEN awards. Congrats and good luck to the nominees!
I had the pleasure of appearing on BronxNet TV to talk about the development of Jazz Moon yesterday. Take a look:
Gloria Naylor. January 25, 1950 - September 28, 2016
"Not only is your story worth telling, but it can be told in words so painstakingly eloquent that it becomes a song." — Gloria Naylor
Lambda Literary has reviewed Jazz Moon. Here's a sample of what they said:
"In Jazz Moon, Okonkwo skillfully manages to encapsulate the essence of what it was to exist during that period in history when black artistic and musical culture rose to prominence in Harlem and Paris. The novel satisfies the imagination of all of us who wishes we had been a poet, musician, writer, artist, immersed in the spirit of creativity and love during the Harlem Renaissance."
"The problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story." — Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie