Black Talk, Black Feeling is a conversation series inspired by the ethos of Nikki Giovanni's foundational poetry book Black Feeling, Black Talk. Conceived by Believer editors Ismail Muhammad and Niela Orr during the uprisings over the police murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others, the series is intended to connect this critical moment to others in the past, establishing a link between the conversations folks are having now with the discussions that have been ongoing in Black writing communities. The hope is to offer a discursive snapshot of this moment that can be an archive for other Black writers, and other Black people who find it helpful. The first installment featured Cassie Owens, Danielle A. Jackson, and Hanif Abdurraqib, and the second entry comprised Namwali Serpell, Brit Bennett, and Brontez Purnell.
Black Talk, Black Feeling at Portland Book Festival will feature novelist and short story author Danielle Evans, young adult author Bethany C. Morrow, and poet Khadijah Queen.