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Dera R. Williams, author, writer, Griot reads from her cell phone for Litquake Lit Crawl 2018

Inheriting the Role of Griot

Some family stories are told over and over and depending on who is doing the telling determines what and how it happened. When attempting to decipher what is indeed truth and what is fiction, one needs to peel back the layers of the telling, one by one, examine and decide what to keep and what to discard.

Mindful of the fact that children were not be in “grown folks’ business”, I was always lurking around corners or outside doors, eager for a morsel of something juicy that would enhance my diary entrees for the night. I could easily take a word or phrase heard and weave into something dramatic that would make for a good tale.

I was therefore at full attention when sitting on the front porch of the “old house” where everyone was welcome when visiting southern, rural Arkansas during the summers of my youth.

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Black Literature:What Else but Positive

(I wrote this piece in 2007 for romance author Deirdre Savoy’s newsletter. At that time there was much controversy among both Black readers and writers about the quality of Black literature that was being produced. The impetus for the controversy was the onslaught of urban or street lit books that were being published by mainstream… More

2020 Redux

About two weeks before Christmas my daughter asked me if I needed a planner for 2021. She was obviously fishing for gift ideas. I told her that I had not used my past planners in the last two years I had used one, in 2018 and 2019. I had gotten into the habit of using… More

UNVEILED BY LA RHONDA CROSBY-JOHNSON

Truth and love can change everything. New Orleans attorney, L. Morgan Franklin, finds her well-ordered life turned upside down when her younger half-brother, Winston, dies in their small hometown of L’Ouverture, Louisiana. When it becomes evident that Winston’s death may actually be a murder, Morgan begins a search for answers that uncovers long-held family secrets… More


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