Kimberly Williams Brown is co-author of a new book Say, Listen: Writing as Care
Kimberly Williams Brown, Assistant Professor of Education, is co-author of Say, Listen: Writing as Care, a new book by The Black | Indigenous 100s Collective. A project of seven scholars working within Blackness and Indigeneity, the Black | Indigenous 100s Collective takes a new approach to thinking, writing, and practicing care.
Building on the 100-word writing experiment that originated with Emily Bernard at the University of Vermont in 2009, each entry in Say, Listen: Writing as Care is precisely 100 words and ventures to articulate lives that are often illegible, suppressed, or misunderstood. With Say, Listen, the Collective foregrounds the relationship between writing and the body, conceptions of sharing space and living together in the midst of the ongoing global pandemic, anti-Blackness, and Indigenous erasure.
“This shimmering collection of 100-word pieces by a circle of Black and Indigenous thinkers practices care through shared writing and models a method of intimate conversation,” notes Tiya Miles, author of The Cherokee Rose: A Novel of Gardens and Ghosts, and All That She Carried, the Journey of Ashley’s Sack, a Black Family Keepsake. “Say, Listen is simultaneously a workbook, songbook, and critical academic treatise. It is a collection to read and then revisit for its startling beauty, keen insights, and quiet urging to ‘keep doing this life’ together.”