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.

Enjoy all the Black Market Reads podcasts here, press PLAY for the most recent episode, or click MENU for a full list featuring conversations with nationally known authors like Roxane Gay, Mat Johnson, Paul Beatty, Sharon Flake, James McBride and local treasures such as Duchess Harris, Mahmoud El-Kati, Beverly Cottman, Robin Hickman, Carolyn Holbrook, David Lawrence Grant and more…

Black Market Reads is also available on iTunes, Sound Cloud, Stitcher and many other popular podcast platforms.

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Seasons 2-4  Host Lissa Jones continues the dialogue around creativity and cultural production within Black American literature. 

Season 1 was co-created by Junauda Petrus and Erin Sharkey, founders of Free Black Dirt.



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