Stephanie Powell WattsFiction
Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20130222, 20121026
North Carolina native and former Jehovah's Witness minister, Stephanie Powell Watts, reads from her first published book, We are Taking Only What We Need, a collection of short stories that was a finalist for the 2012 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award and winner of the 2012 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellance. As young, poor, black women, her characters deal with questions of race, faith, and "post-blackness." Watts talks about the influence of her story-telling family and Southern upbringing that helped bring her fictional protagonists into being.
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