August 31, 2021

Writing About Sex with Deesha Philyaw

Welcome to the Indie Writer Podcast where we talk about all things writing and indie publishing. Today Becca is joined by author Deesha Philyaw to talk WRITING ABOUT SEX! 

Deesha Philyaw’s debut short story collection, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies was a finalist for the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction, The Story Prize (2020/2021), the 2021 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, and a 2020 LA Times Book Prize: The Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction. The Secret Lives of Church Ladies focuses on Black women, sex, and the Black church.

Deesha is also the co-author of Co-Parenting 101: Helping Your Kids Thrive in Two Households After Divorce, written in collaboration with her ex-husband. Her work has been listed as Notable in the Best American Essays series, and her writing on race, parenting, gender, and culture has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, McSweeney’s, The Rumpus, Brevity, dead housekeeping, Apogee Journal, Catapult, Harvard Review, ESPN’s The Undefeated, The Baltimore Review, TueNight, Ebony and Bitch magazines, and various anthologies. Deesha is a Kimbilio Fiction Fellow and a past Pushcart Prize nominee for essay writing in Full Grown People.


Keep up with our guest! 

Twitter - @DeeshaPhilyaw

Facebook -  @DeeshaPhilyawWriter

Instagram - @DeeshaPhilyaw

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