Desus + Mero = <3 by Kyla Marshell

I got to talk to my favorite late-night TV hosts whom I watch the next day on the VICELAND app...Desus and Mero! Read our "30 Minutes with..." convo on the Guardian here.

Ps: Mero is like a puppy dog, and #DarkDesus is really a thing :D :D :D

Voicing Counterpoint: An interview with Tyehimba Jess by Kyla Marshell

"I felt like it’s always interesting to get as many sides of a story as you can. A contrapuntal poem has the capability of bringing two people together and having them talk in a way that is very hard to duplicate." - Tyehimba Jess

Words and music! My two loves! Here's my conversation with poet Tyehimba Jess, whose new book OLIO reanimates the lives of 19th century black musicians--everyone from Scott Joplin and Blind Boone, to Sissieretta Jones and the McKoy Twins. Plus, some of the poems you can tear out and fold into new forms/ways of reading. Hashtag: innovation.

Check me out in the February issue of O! by Kyla Marshell

Hey! I have a piece in the February issue of O, the Oprah Magazine (get it now! It won't be on stands in February!). I wrote about my harrowing experience with mental illness as a teenager, and how certain symptoms, like delusion, magical thinking, and hallucination are ones we all experience in some perfectly healthy way, shape, or form. Pick up a copy! This issue is the first in a 3-part series on mental illness and treatment. Many great resources. And here is my snarky interview. Yay.

"Wild Love" - a conversation with poet, gardener, & National Book Award finalist, Ross Gay by Kyla Marshell

If you haven't noticed, I'm kinda obsessed with polymaths. I interviewed musician/fiction writer Van Hunt, musician/chef Kelis, and now poet/gardener, Ross Gay, whose third collection of poems, Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, is a celebration of the intense joy, love, pain, and "full-on-ness" of life. It's also a nominee for this year's National Book Award in poetry! #TeamCaveCanem. Read it on the Poetry Foundation.