Another installment of Erik Deckers’ “Your Next Beach Read.”

Your Next Beach Read

In Your Next Beach Read, we want to introduce you to a new author every day in June in the hopes that you’ll find the next book you want to take with you to the beach, the pool, or the comforts of air conditioning.

Today’s author is Quraysh Ali Lansana, author of the skin of dreams.

What’s your name and where are you from?

Quraysh Ali Lansana. I was born in Enid, Oklahoma, lived in Chicago for 28 years. & Brooklyn for two years.

How long have you been writing? How did you start?

15 - Quraysh Ali Lansana author photoI have been writing poetry for 35 years and nonfiction for 40 years. I started writing poetry while an undergraduate journalism student at the University of Oklahoma. I wrote poems to express my truths and opinions because I could not do so as a journalist.

Who are some of your influences?

Miss Gwendolyn Brooks, Lucille…

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