Kiese Laymon
Kiese Laymon is a Black, southern writer from Jackson, Mississippi. Laymon is the author of the genre-bending novel, Long Division and the essay collection, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America. Laymon’s bestselling memoir, Heavy: An American Memoir, won the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, the 2018 Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose, the Austen Riggs Erikson Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media, and was named one of the 50 Best Memoirs of the Past 50 Years by The New York Times. He was also the recipient of the 2020-2021 Radcliffe Fellowship at Harvard. He currently teaches English and Creatve Writing at Rice University.

Ricardo Edwards is a digital and traditional oil painter based in Kingston, Jamaica. His interest in art began at a young age after seeing his dad and uncle's artworks. He draws inspiration for his work from his culture and life experiences. 
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Author: Yrsa Daley-Ward | Narrator: Kiese Laymon and Yrsa Daley-Ward
Release Date: September 26, 2017
“yrsa daley-ward’s bone is a symphony of breaking and mending. . . . she lays her hands on the pulse of the thing. . . . an expert storyteller. of the rarest. and purest kind.” —nayyirah waheed, author of salt.From the celebra...