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Baltimore Writer D. Watkins On The Beast Side, Storytelling and Literacy

Skyhorse Publishing

D. Watkins is an up and coming writer in Baltimore, and more specifically an up-and-coming black writer. Race is relevant in describing him, because race is a big part of what he writes about. He rejects being labeled the voice of young black Baltimore, but he’s certainly one of the voices who can explain what’s going on. 

We talked to D. Watkins last year, as did a lot of other interviewers, when the online magazine Salon published an essay of his, “Too Poor for Pop Culture.” Now he’s collected that and about two dozen other essays into a book, The Beast Side: Living and Dying While Black in America.


Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.