Author Archives: alligatorwoods
Ever since I moved to this part of the U.S. I’ve wanted to learn more about Detroit than simply that it was the home of Motown–a feat in itself. I knew that it had once been a hub of … Continue reading
For the past three years or so I’ve been collecting books on black people’s historical and contemporary relationship with farming. My love affair with the topic began when I tuned into John Robbin’s Food Revolution Summit, which I had been … Continue reading
I spent a good number of my adult years in places that had vibrant farmers markets: Brooklyn, New York and Madison, Wisconsin, for example. Since moving to Michigan a couple of years ago, I’ve been thinking more and more … Continue reading
A couple of weeks ago I traveled to Norfolk, Virginia to visit my absolutely stunning aunt who is the equally stunning age of 78, last count. It has become a practice of mine, whenever I visit a city, to spend … Continue reading
Three young Brothahs are doing some a-maaaaazing work in their community of Baltimore, Maryland. Check out the work of Andres Gonzales, and Ali and Atman Smith, co-founders of the Holistic Life Foundation. Check out this very cool interview with … Continue reading
The Chicken Chronicles by Alice Walker, 208pp. The New Press, 2012, $13.56 paperback Alice Walker’s The Chicken Chronicles’ full title is The Chicken Chronicles: Sitting with the Angels who have returned with My Memories: Glorious, Rufus, Gertrude Stein, Splendor, Hortensia, … Continue reading
The Coming: A Novel by Daniel Black, 210 pp.St. Martin’s Press, 2015, $11.94 paperback Daniel Black’s The Coming: A Novel is less a novel as we normally think of it, as a fictional piece of literature, than a sustained meditation on … Continue reading
Rooted Watercolor and ink. Again, I’ve been spending a bunch of time in nature. This is what came up the other day.
Blackass by A. Igoni Barrett, 256 pp.Graywolf Press, 2016, $9.52 paperback On a most basic level, Blackass by A. Igoni Barrett is about identity and its fluidity. But it’s also about how slavery, colonialism, and one of my favorite misnomers, … Continue reading
Psychedelic Bee on a Psychedelic Flower watercolor with handmade paper I’ve been spending a lot of time in nature thanks to this gorgeous weather that has finally made its way to the midwest–absolutely in love with the Earth!