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About


Dennis
Norris II

 

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About


Dennis
Norris II

 

About Writing News

"The reverend is everything we aspire to in a story. it pierces, jolts, and leaves us breathless. the prose is bold and heartbreaking—permission to imagine the world a bit differently than before."

Esme-Michelle Watkins. 2016 Fiction Editor. Apogee Journal
Photo courtesy of Melissa Czarnik

Photo courtesy of Melissa Czarnik

Dennis Norris II is a 2017 MacDowell Colony Fellow, a 2016 Tin House Scholar, and a 2015 Kimbilio Fiction Fellow. His work appears or is forthcoming in Bound Off, Madcap Review, SmokeLong Quarterly, Awesome Sports Project, Apogee Journal, paper nautilus, and Hello Mr. He is a 2017 Pushcart Prize nominee and holds degrees from Sarah Lawrence College and Haverford College. He is currently the fiction editor at Apogee Journal and co-host of the popular podcast Food 4 Thot. He lives and works in Harlem.


It's an uncomfortable story, but it's written with a crisp spareness that's continued to haunt me from the first time I read it.

—Note from the guest editor, Rion Amilcar Scott, about Daddy's Boywhich appears in Issue 51 of SmokeLong Quarterly
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Where Every Boy is Known and Loved

Excavating Honesty: An Anthology of Rage and Hope in America.
paper nautilus

"The classroom had no windows and every day one of the boys would close the door. Another hit the lights. In the darkness, they surrounded me, wanting to become men. In their eyes, I was nothing but the closest thing they could get their hands on."

Read more here.


The Reverend

Issue 07. Apogee Journal.

 

"Someone will come. Sirens will sound in the distance. Lights will rise from darkness like seraphs, dancing red and blue. Salvation will be brought by men sent from God."                          

Read more here.


Finding Michelle Kwan: A Black Boy's Childhood on Ice

Awesome Sports Project

"Long before it actually happened, I tried to tell the world I was a figure skater. I tried on Saturday afternoons, back in the nineties, when skating was on TV every weekend. I tried by..."                     

Read more here.


Daddy's Boy

Issue 51. SmokeLong Quarterly

"Open your mouth. Sing boy. Rise up from your pew and praise Him.Take your hands off your hips. Don't dance, don't smile, just clap. Firm up those wrists and sing. Your mouth is His."                              

Read more here.


Ungrateful, Unafraid

Issue 03. Madcap Review

"Joanne wore a pink circle skirt and a ribbon in her hair the day her sister disappeared. She was proud of that skirt, proud that it came all the way from the sixties, dusty but intact..."                              

Read more here.


Solitaire

Issue 106. Bound Off: A Monthly Literary Audio Magazine

"A storm is coming and Luke's made sure we have everything we'll need: enough dry food to get through the week, a bathtub filled with tap water, batteries, extra blankets. If it were up to me..."           

Listen here.

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News, Events, Readings, Updates, etc...


News, Events, Readings, Updates, etc...


News, Events, Readings, Updates, etc...

Monday, September 19th

Bookcourt

Join me for this month's NY Writers Coalition Writing Aloud Reading Series, at BookCourt. I'll be reading from "The Reverend" as a featured reader on behalf of Apogee Journal. 7:00pm.


FRIDAY, JULY 29TH

Bureau of General Services—Queer Division

I'll be reading some fiction published in Issue 07 of Apogee Journal at the Issue 07 release party. Join us at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division. 7:00pm.


Sunday, June 26th

Columbia University's WKYC Studio A

Tune in as I make my first radio appearance as a featured author on WKCR's Studio A in conversation with poet Robert Balun and host Danielle Smith. If you missed it, you can still listen here.


Thursday, February 25th

Slonim Living Room, Sarah Lawrence College

Join me in conversation with James Hannaham and John Keene as we discuss gay identity in black literature. "Our Tongues Untied" is presented in collaboration with Kimbilio Fiction and the Graduate Writing Program at Sarah Lawrence College. Slonim Living Room at Sarah Lawrence College. 6:00pm