Talk Easy with Sam Fragoso How Glory Edim (Well-Read Black Girl) Gives Space

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Glory Edim, founder of Well-Read Black Girl, joins us today for a special episode! In 2015, she founded the Brooklyn-based book club and online community. Two years later, a literary festival emerged. This month, she launched Well-Read Black Girl with Glory Edim by Pushkin Industries.

We begin with Glory’s daily morning journal (4:25), the mission behind her new podcast (5:38) and the “literary kickback” she hopes it becomes (6:45). As the debate over Critical Race Theory continues (8:25), she reflects on the importance of “offering space” to writers of color (11:26) and how her work has been shaped by authors like Audre Lorde, Maya Angelou, and bell hooks (16:09).

On the back-half, Glory shares memories from a childhood of “mothering herself” (19:23), the archive she created of her father before his passing (21:41), and how Well-Read Black Girl transformed her pain into something bigger than herself (28:45). Before we go, we turn to a poem from Honey, I Love by Eloise Greenfield (36:45), a formative senior yearbook quote (39:41), and where Glory hopes to go in the years ahead (40:41).

The Host

Sam Fragoso

Sam Fragoso is a writer, director and podcast host based in Los Angeles. His interviews have appeared in Vanity Fair, The New Republic, The Atlantic and NPR. In a past…