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The Institute of Black Imagination.

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Welcome to The Institute of Black Imagination hosted by artist, writer, and brand consultant Dario Calmese. Each week we bring you conversations from The Pool of Black Genius: a collection of iconoclasts at the leading edge of cultural thought and innovation. More than anything, we are here to inspi… read more


E29. Scripting Your Life with Writer Jacqueline Woodson.

In this episode, Dario sits with writer and MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellow, Jacqueline Woodson. Woodson’s work reflects the prose, poetry, and undying possibilities that exist within the lives of young Black people. Often including themes that land her books on censored reading lists, Woodson challenges readers to consider our own relationships to the complexities and contraindications of life. 

In today’s conversation, we’ll explore themes of parenting in a pandemic, the techniques and tools of a storyteller, Black economic wealth across generations, and the promise of safety young people bring to this world. If you aspire to write or we know you dare to dream, light a candle and put on your headphones, because today, you’re gonna hear why Woodson commands these hallowed halls of Black imagination. 

Things We Mentioned: 

“Mirrors, Windows, Sliding Glass Doors” by Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop         

Another Brooklyn” by Jacqueline Woodson 

If you come softly by Jacqueline Woodson

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

Natalie Diaz

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

Baldwin for the arts 

To learn more about Jacqueline:

Instagram @jaqueline_woodson

Twitter @jackiewoodson

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