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Five-Star Review from Bust

Such a beautiful review from Bust magazine. Thank you, Laurie Cedilnik! Here's an excerpt: “This compelling debut is shaped like a search for a long-lost friend, or an examination of a love affair that left the author forever changed. . . . Wilbanks weaves a fiercely...

Publisher’s Weekly Review

Publisher’s Weekly Review

I got an awesome early birthday present today: a starred review from Publisher's Weekly for When I Spoke in Tongues! Here's a snippet: “Wilbanks, winner of a Pushcart Prize for essay writing, debuts with the captivating story of how she turned away from God. She...

Between Us and Ourselves: Personal Essay Workshop

Between Us and Ourselves: Personal Essay Workshop

I'll be teaching a three-week personal essay workshop at Grackle and Grackle on Tuesday nights, starting September 18th. The full description is available here. There will be generative exercises, opportunities to workshop short pieces, and lots of great readings.

Interview with Dickson Lam in The Rumpus

Interview with Dickson Lam in The Rumpus

  Dickson Lam’s dazzling debut memoir, Paper Sons, which came out in March from Autumn House Press, traces Lam’s journey from a teenage graffiti writer growing up in a housing project in San Francisco, to a high school teacher working with underserved youth. As...

Memoir Workshop on June 9th

I still have some spots in a three-hour memoir workshop that I'm doing for Writespace in Houston on Saturday, June 9th. All levels welcome. Sign up here or send me a note for more info. Here's the workshop description: “There is no agony like bearing an untold story...

Interview with Chibundu Onuzo

Interview with Chibundu Onuzo

My interview with Chibundu Onuzo about her new book Welcome to Lagos was just published in the Houston Chronicle.