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About


Dennis
Norris II

 

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About


Dennis
Norris II

 

About Writing News

"...Dennis Norris II delivers a collection of queer short stories that read like a gospel, a prayer, like words that crackle and ignite and transform themselves with every consecutive read."

T Kira Madden. Awst Press, Series Curator.

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. He is the author of Awst Collection—Dennis Norris II published by Awst Press. Other writing appears in Apogee Journal and SmokeLong Quarterly, for which his short story, Daddy's Boy, was nominated for a 2017 Pushcart Prize. His story, Last Rites, is included in the forthcoming anthology "Everyday People: The Color of Life", to be published in August 2018 by the Atria Books imprint of Simon and Schuster. He holds degrees from Sarah Lawrence College and Haverford College and currently serves as Fiction Editor at Apogee Journal, Assistant Fiction Editor at The Rumpus, 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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Writing


Writing


Writing

Awst Collection—Dennis Norris II

February 2018. Awst Press

"You were several hours from home when you started on the road, your stomach unsettled as though you knew something had happened. The traffic was heavy because the roads hadn’t been cleared."

Read more here.


"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.

Where Every Boy is Known and Loved

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

I'll be in conversation with Rion Amilcar Scott for the PEN America Read the Resistance online book club, where we'll be discussing Octavia Butler's Wild Seed as a book that exemplifies resistance. Join us via Facebook Live on Tuesday, February 27th at 12pm.

Tuesday, February 27th

PEN America/Facebook Live


I'll be reading some new work at the launch event for a new reading series, Words@Weeksville at the historic Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn. Join me along with writers Katia D. Ulysse, Krystal Sital, and series curator Bridgett M. Davis.

Wednesday, FEBRUARY 28TH

Weeksville Heritage Center


Join me at the beautiful West 70th Street Pier at Riverside Park, where I'll be reading from my story Last Rites for the Summer Reads. A joint production of Lamprophonic and Summer on the Hudson, AmpLit Fest brings together four authors with new books to give the audience a sneak peek.

Saturday, June 9TH

Summer Reads, AmpLit Fest


Past Events

September 19, 2016

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.


JULY 29, 2016

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.


June 26, 2016

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.


February 25, 2016

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