Alisha Sommer – Blackberry Magazine
Late Night Conversation, hosted by Paul Martone
Tonight our featured guest is Alisha Sommer, founding editor of BLACKBERRY: a magazine. BLACKBERRY’s goal is to expose readers to the diversity of the black woman’s experience and strengthen the black female voice in both the mainstream and independent markets. BLACKBERRY’s editors hope to illuminate the exceptional work of a newer generation while reaching back to those whose words may have been ignored in the past.
Giveaway: Win a copy of Blackberry: a magazine by reading Anais Duplan’s Notes on Being a Permanent Resident Alien and Other Tomfooleries and emailing a response in creative or expository form to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 31. An excerpt from the winning response will be read on a future episode of Late Night Conversation.
I didn’t see a lot of magazines that featured writers that looked like me; either a woman of color or a black woman in particular . . . Sometimes when you don’t see what you want to see, you have to go create it.
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Alisha Sommer is a freelance writer and the founding editor of BLACKBERRY: a magazine, a literary magazine featuring black women writers and artists. In addition to BLACKBERRY, Alisha also runs a creativity course. She is currently a contributing writer for Annapurna Living, the lifestyle site by actress Carrie-Anne Moss.