Not afraid to call out social injustice, institutionalized racism and toxic masculinity, author Kiese Laymon is a strong voice in contemporary Southern literature. Following the release of his debut novel, Long Division, in 2013, he published How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, a collection of autobiographical essays that, despite its title, conveys a story of surviving challenges related to family, race and violence while coming of age in Mississippi. Currently a professor of English and African-American Studies at Ole Miss, Laymon plans to release a memoir called Heavy and a novel titled And So On later this year. His lecture is presented by UGA’s Creative Writing Program.
The UGA Creative Writing Program presents Kiese Laymon, author of Long Division. See Calendar Pick on p. 15.