In this episode, we speak with Vernon Keeve III
about his book Southern Migrant Mixtape
, 2018), a collection published by Nomadic Press.
Memoir comes in many forms, be it poetry or prose. Keeve’s work is a bridge between both worlds. In a manner that is simultaneously universal and intimate, his book is an unflinching view at what it is to be black, queer, disenfranchised, jubilant, and resilient. Via his deft pen, Keeve turns his focus on how his own personal history is deeply connected to, and is bolstered by, the black experience in society.
It is via this collection, Keeve hopes to create a legacy for the story of his family, his culture, and the future. As he writes in “The decomposition of Emmett,"
There is a dis-
ease in the land.
This collection dissects the diss, the unease, and the sickness of American generations as a means of healing and reconciliation.
Born and raised in Northeast Ohio, Athena Dixon is a poet, essayist, and editor. She is Founder of Linden Avenue Literary Journal.