KCAA Radio Presents Co-Hosts
Roseanne Barr and Kathleen Wells
Sunday December 15, 2013
2:00pm Eastern 11:00am Pacific 9:00am Hawaii
Award-winning writer, public speaker, and visual artist of Anishinaabe/Cherokee heritage
Connect with Christine Stark
By Christine Stark
with an introduction by Anya Achtenberg
Nickels follows a biracial girl named Little Miss So and So from age 4 into adulthood. Told in a series of prose poems, Nickels’ lyrical and inventive language conveys the dissociative states born of a world formed by persistent and brutal incest and homophobia. The dissociative states enable the child’s survival and, ultimately, the adult’s healing. The story is both heartbreaking and triumphant. Nickels is the groundbreaking debut of Minneapolis-area author and artist Christine Stark.
“Christine Stark has crafted a language and a diction commensurate with the shredding of consciousness that is a consequence of childhood sexual abuse. She brings a wholly original voice in a riveting novel of desperation and love. Nickels is narrated by Miss So and So, as her mother names her, from age 4 to 26, a character so compelling I never wanted to stop hearing from her. She names herself crazy girl, but the reader sees a different truth: there’s humor and cunning and ferocious love alive in those who survive. Stark enables the reader to inhabit the intricacy and chaos of this potent inner landscape, and we have not seen this before. Every sentence vibrates with a terrible beauty. Every sentence brings the news.
—Patricia Weaver Francisco, author of Telling: A Memoir of Rape and Recovery
“To be taken into the mind of a child can be an enchanting adventure, but to be taken into the mind of a child who is abused, confused, and taken for granted is a lingering, livid journey. I applaud her fortitude to bring an olden—too long ignored—truth out of the darkness with blazing, innovative light.”
—MariJo Moore, author of The Diamond Doorknob
“In Nickels, Christine Stark powerfully portrays the story of abuse and its impact on our lives. This beautifully written and compelling story leaves you wanting more. It’s riveting; a book that will capture you from the beginning and carry you through to the end. Everyone should read this book.”
—Olga Trujillo, author of The Sum of My Parts
“…These brilliantly written pieces stimulated the board into a lively discussion of language, point of view, and politics, and resulted in a resounding `yes’ from everyone on the importance of using these two pieces together, as point-counterpoint on the themes of violence against women and the nuanced and challenging process of surviving that violence.”
–Minnie Bruce Pratt, Creative Writing Editor for the Feminist Studies Editorial Board
“Take a dark journey with Christine Stark, deep into the dungeon that is incest. Follow crazy girl as she fights for her dignity and sense of self-worth. Then cheer when she finally finds the strength to say: `I know my name now and you do not frighten me.’”
—Julian Sher, author of Somebody’s Daughter: The Hidden Story of America’s Prostituted Children and the Battle to Save Them
“The judging panel believes Christine Stark’s work is both art and metaphor. She creates story and mood using a stream of consciousness style. The writing is rhythmic, and lyrical with conscious and authoritative use of various techniques such as repetition. In Christine’s story, the perpetrator behaves as if his act, and assault, is one of mundane evil. This story alludes to the reality of society’s marginalized—vulnerable to everyday evils—mundane for some, not so for others. The panel applauds Christine’s writing talents, her willingness to take a risk by composing a raw, provocative piece designed to invite us to consider the nature of mundane evil from several unexpected points of view.
–Sandra Lloyd, The Pearls Writing Group
For more information: www.ChristineStark.com
Christine Stark is an award-winning writer, public speaker, and visual artist of Anishinaabe/Cherokee heritage. Her essays and poetry have appeared in numerous anthologies and periodicals, including University of Pennsylvania Law Review; Prostitution, Trafficking, and Trauma; and The Chalk Circle: Prize-Winning Intercultural Essays. Her poem, “Momma’s Song”, was recorded by Fred Ho and the Afro Asian Music Ensemble and released as a manga CD. She co-edited Not for Sale, an international anthology on sexual violence and she coauthored “Garden of Truth: The Prostitution and Trafficking of Native Women in Minnesota”. She was a 2011 Loft Mentor Series winner in creative non-fiction and she has won awards for her writing and art, including two McKnight Awards and a Pushcart Prize nomination. Her first novel, Nickels: A Tale of Dissociation, was a 2011 Lambda Literary finalist. Currently, she is an MSW student at UMD Duluth where she is coordinating a research project called “Gathering Our Stories: The Prostitution and Trafficking of Native Women on the Duluth Ships.” She teaches writing at a community college.
KCAA Radio Presents Co-Hosts
Roseanne Barr and Kathleen Wells
Sunday December 8, 2013
2:00pm Eastern 11:00am Pacific 9:00am Hawaii
Egyptian Sudanese Black Feminist
Author – The Sexy Part of the Bible
Connect with Kola Boof
Facebook – Writer Kola Boof
Website – http://www.kolaboof.com
Author’s Bio: Kola Boof
PERSONAL LIFE HISTORY:
Kola Boof was born Naima Bint Harith circa 1969 in Omdurman, Sudan to Arab Egyptian archeologist Harith Bin Farouk and his wife Jiddi, a charcoal black Gisi-Waaq Oromo.
Kola’s birth parents were murdered in her presence in 1978 for speaking out against slavery and other atrocities by the Sudanese government, and in 1979, Kola was adopted and thereafter raised in Washington, D.C. by Black Americans, Marvin and Claudine Johnson.
In 1993, as an adult, Kola Boof became a citizen of the United States. In 1994, she returned to North Africa to pursue a career in modeling and acting.
Unfortunately, in 1996, she was the mistress of Osama Bin Laden, which caused a media frenzy, and though it was against her will, caused Ms. Boof to lose her writing post at NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” after sponsors became nervous. Ms. Boof currently lives in Southern California and has two sons. Kola Boof has been interviewed by MSNBC, FOX News, and CNN; and has been featured in TV Guide, Time, the New York Post, and the New York Times.
“The Sexy Part of the Bible” published by Akashic Books (New York) is both controversial and mainstream. It received starred reviews from The Boston Globe and San Francisco Weekly and was praised by Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, Time Out New York and many others. It made Hey Small Press’s Best Book of the Year.
It tells the story of a beautiful and diabolical young African woman who harbors
a death-defying secret.
Through twilights of passion and adventure, she finds herself combating Western
Civilization’s “re-invention” of Africa as well as discovering her impatience for
injustice and her natural zeal for high life and glamor.
Her incessant fear of Dolls and her burgeoning sexuality are like raging rivers that
won’t be contained. This is not only a deeply sexual, deeply spiritual novel…it’s
a novel about the real Africa and one woman’s tragic desire to see it survive in
its own magical and wondrous image.
Controversial for its much discussed “sex scene with Jesus Christ” and the
true story of African apes kidnapping and raping African virgins on the eves of
their weddings…”The Sexy Part of the Bible” also presents us with an array of
unexpected characters…from a marijuana growing India Jones type Englishman
to a Muslim Woman practicing Witchcraft to a Transsexual Mother and Scientist
who is determined to alter time and the universe to her liking.
One Woman and One Man…for all time. Mother and son.
This is a powerful, poet and altogether unforgettable novel of self-love and the
violent unfairness…of identity.
There has never been a book like “The Sexy Part of the Bible.”
Kola Boof won the “2007 World Author’s Woman to Woman Pen” for Non-fiction, awarded for Kola Boof’s essay “I Am My Own Daughter”, which appeared in the popular Swedish feminist magazine, OTTAR—Sweden.
Her autobiography “Diary of a Lost Girl” was chosen by famed Princeton
Critic Kam Williams as the “U.S. Best Book of 2006.”
Kola Boof has been published in “Harper’s Magazine” and was included
alongside top literary writers Noam Chomsky, Charles Baxter, Z.Z. Packer and Stewart O’Nan in the groundbreaking short story anthology
An editor at Paris Review, Oliver Broudy, called Ms. Boof’s story “The One You Meet Everywhere”–the best story in the whole collection.
KIRKUS REVIEWS gave “Politically Inspired” a Starred Review and
wrote: “Not a dud in the bunch!”
In African literary circles that include Chinua Achebe, Ms. Boof is widely referred to as “Daughter of Chinweizu.” This comes from her
early “rebel girl” days in which Ms. Boof posed topless for the back of
her book covers and espoused the teachings of Nigeria’s greatest literary
Ms. Boof no longer poses topless on her books, but she has been dubbed “Africa’s most important new writer” by the great Chinweizu himself!
Kola Boof has published several novels and poetry collections on
small black imprints to much acclaim.
These titles include “Flesh and the Devil,” “Long Train to the
Redeeming Sin,” “Nile River Woman” and “Pure Nigger Evil.”
She has been one of only two black writers to write for the internationally
aired soap opera, “Days of Our Lives.”
In 2008, the government of South Sudan rewarded Kola Boof for years of
activism by appointing her National Chairwoman of the U.S. branch of its
peace organization The SSPP.
An organization whose members include Francis Bok, Garba Diallo and Ambassador Dudley Thompson.
She has been interviewed by MSNBC, FOX NEWS, CNN and featured in TV Guide, Time Magazine and the N.Y. Post and N.Y. Times.
PRAISE FOR KOLA BOOF:
The New York Times:
“The African Garbo…Kola Boof is earthy, angry and alluring.”
Madison Smart Bell, Boston Globe:
“The most jubilant celebration of black African beauty so far seen in the English language.”
“Kola Boof is a writer of courage, principle and loads of courageous
Stephen Elliott (“Happy Baby”, “Looking Forward to It”:
“Kola Boof writes like a singer. I loved ‘Long Train to the Redeeming Sin’.”
Tiki Barber, The Today Show:
“Kola, everyone should read your autobiography…it’s wonderful.”
Kam Williams, Princeton :
“My pick for the Best Book of 2006 is ‘Diary of a Lost Girl’ by Kola Boof.”
Keith Boykin (host, MY TWO CENTS, BET-J, MSNBC):
“Kola’s books haunt you long afer you’re done with them.”
SOLOMON AMADOU (famed Nigerian Critic):
“One of the most original, enigmatic and gifted literary voices
to burst on the scene in the last 15 years…Innovative books like
‘Long Train to the Redeeming Sin’, ‘Pure Niver Evil’, ‘Flesh
and the Devil’ and ‘Nile River Woman’ prove beyond a doubt
that Boof is in a class by herself. The living epitome of what
an artist should be.”
Sally Worwill (feminist Scholar, Sarah Lawrence):
“Kola Boof’s great magic is that she’s not afraid of squat!
Refreshing, daring, disturbing, imaginative and original.
I can’t believe she’s so underground.”