Joe Okonkwo

Author of Jazz Moon:
WINNER: 2016 Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction
Finalist: 2016 Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Fiction

The review I've been waiting for

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."

Yup.

"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

Stride

Stride through the African metropolis
Teeming on the margin of America.
That sepia mayhem that sweats
To the dirge of spirituals
And struts with a horn in its heels.
Stride the toiling days and fervent nights,
Through the cacophony of
Savory tans and virile browns,
Through the majestic strivers
And the have-nots,
All dreaming amongst the asphalt
And flying on the lips of poems.

Stride. — from JAZZ MOON

Harlem, 1920s

In a mood for art

I've recently fallen in love with Harlem Renaissance artist Malvin Gray Johnson

Johnson was among the youngest Harlem Renaissance artists. His work was influenced by French Impressionism, Cubism, and African sculpture. One of the first black artists to paint in the Cubist style, Johnson's work is often linked with the Symbolic Abstractionist movement. His artistic preference leaned toward portraiture.

Here is a self-portrait completed in 1934, the year he died.

 

 

I agree

This quote is from Colum McCann, author of the magnificent novel Dancer.

"I don't really know what an adverb is. A dangling participle? That sounds really rude. I don't know what character is, really. Plot seems vaguely juvenile to me. It's all about language, it's all about how you apply it to the page." — Colum McCann