Black Market Reads

Black Market Reads

Black Market Reads is a menu for Black literary consumption and all of its spin-offs. 

PRODUCER: The Givens Foundation for African American Literature

HOST: Lissa Jones, creator of Urban Agenda on KMOJ FM (89.9)

PRODUCTION SERVICES: is The Foundation’s media partner, providing technical support that produces the program.

Please listen to these exciting conversations, then Like Us, Share Us, and let us know what you think. Feel free to share new and exciting authors you feel we at The Foundation should know about.

Season 2 and 3

Host Lissa Jones continues the dialogue around creativity and cultural production within Black American literature.

Season 1

Co-created by Junauda Petrus and Erin Sharkey, founders of Free Black Dirt (Episodes 1-15).


1. Episode 18 - Duchess Harris, JD. PHD with Lissa Jones Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA   2/17/2017     View in iTunes

2. Episode 17 - J.California Cooper Remembered with Beverly Cottman In this episode we honor the work of playwright and author J. California Cooper with a selection of recordings from her appearance at the 2011 Givens Literary Luncheon sponsored by the Delta Sigma Theta sorority. Our host for this episode is Beverly...1/11/2017   View in iTunes

3. Episode 16 - Zetta Elliott with Shannon Gibney Author, playwright, and essayist Zetta Elliott talks with Shannon Gibney about her experiences with the publishing industry that eventually led to the creation of her own independent imprint Rosetta Press. She has published over 20 books for...10/26/2016   View in iTunes

4. Episode 15 Book Club with "The Sellout" by Paul Beatty Special guests Irna Landrum and LaCora Bradford join Erin and Junauda in this week's episode as we gather in a Book Club edition of Black Market Reads to discuss The Sellout by Paul Beatty. Listen up, the read the book, and the NY Times review. Then...3/2/2016   View in iTunes

5. Episode 14 - Book club: See No Color by Shannon Gibney On this episode, Erin and Junauda are joined by Namir Fearce and Case Wilson, two youth readers, who got to interview author Shannon Gibney about her debut young adult novel, See No Color.  Readers then discuss the novel's themes, which include...1/27/2016   View in iTunes

6. Episode 13 - More Than a Single Storyteller with Nothando Zulu, Beverly Cottman, and Michael Kleber-Diggs   1/22/2016   View in iTunes

7. Episode 12 - Entrepreneurs, 80s icons, and poets Entrepreneurs, 80s icons in cultural context, and poets   1/14/2016   View in iTunes

8. Episode 11 - 2015 Givens Emerging Writers Showcase Emerging writers, micro aggressions, and more   1/7/2016   View in iTunes

9. Episode 10 - Blues Vision Book Club Blues Vision |African American Writing from Minnesota   12/29/2015   View in iTunes

10. Episode 9 - Black Whimsy and Struggle Black Whimsy and Struggle   12/28/2015   View in iTunes

11. Episode 8 - Book club: Loving Day by Mat Johnson Banter about Minnesota the mixed mecca, and book club discussion   12/10/2015   View in iTunes

12. Episode 7 - Loving Day, Interview with Mat Johnson Interview with Mat Johnson and Book Club illuminating Loving Day12/7/2015   View in iTunes

13. Episode 6 - If You're Nasty: A Janet Jackson Inspired Literary Salon With Emcee Danez Smith and special guests Kamia Watson, Khary Jackson, Sha Cage and Tish Jones 12/1/2015   View in iTunes

14. Episode 5 - Dreamers: the Architects of the Future The Convening: Resistance & Rebellion - Part 2   11/13/2015   View in iTunes

15. Episode 4 - Book Club: Octavia's Brood Anthology of science fiction stories inspired by Octavia Butler   11/5/2015View in iTunes

16. Episode 3 - Voices Convening: Resistance & Rebellion Resistance & Rebellion   10/22/2015   View in iTunes

17. Episode 2 - Dean Moss, Multi-disciplinary artist discusses johnbrown Dean Moss   10/14/2015   View in iTunes

18. Episode 1 - Roxane Gay: The Baddest Feminist Roxane Gay author of The Bad Feminist   10/14/2015   View in iTunes



Major support for The Givens Foundation activities is provided by Givens Foundation individual donors, Target, The Edward J. Phillips Family Foundation, and the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.