Hello readers! It’s my pleasure to introduce two of my favorite writers today. Austin author/illustrator Don Tate has this fabulous new book out about George Moses Horton, a slave poet from North Carolina. And LaToya Jordan is about to blow your minds with her debut poetry chapbook, THICK-SKINNED SUGAR. I couldn’t possibly do a National Poetry Month feature and not have both of these wonderful writers on board. So here they are, in conversation. Get ready to be moved, y’all:
LaToya Jordan: As a Black American poet, after hearing about your book I felt slightly ashamed I’ve never heard of George Moses Horton. His story is so fascinating–the first African American poet to be published in the South while he was he was still a slave! How did you learn about George? What attracted you to his story?
Don Tate: Honestly, I hadn’t heard of George Moses Horton either until a friend and critique partner suggested I write about him. I’m glad he did, Horton has an important story to tell. His determination to learn how to read really spoke to me, as it happened at a time in this country when African American literacy was devalued—even outlawed in some colonies.~ read more ~