America’s Bravest Writer

Fresh and stanky with Kiese Laymon's hot collection of essays

February 20, 2021 at 7 pm (CT) Mississippi Public Broadcasting; 9 pm (CT) Alabama Public Radio; 3 pm (ET) University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Thursdays 6 pm (CT) University of Mississippi; Fridays 9 am (CT) WYXR Memphis Community Radio

This Saturday, Feb. 20 we welcome one of the most dynamic writers working today, Kiese Laymon. We’ll talk about his revised collection of essays with the sobering title, How To Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America.

Musical guests TBA

Hosts: Jim Dees and our house band, the Yalobushwhackers

Air times:

Saturday, Feb. 20 – 7pm (CT) Mississippi Public Broadcasting

9pm (CT) Alabama Public Radio

3pm (ET) University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Thursdays 6pm (CT) WUMS – University of Mississippi

Fridays 9am (CT) WYXR Memphis Community Radio



Kiese Laymon

How To Kill Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America by Kiese Laymon is a revised collection with thirteen essays, including six new to this edition and seven from the original edition, by the “star in the American literary firmament, with a voice that is courageous, honest, loving, and singularly beautiful” (NPR).

Subjects range from an interview with his mother to reflections on Ole Miss football, Outkast, and the labor of Black women. These thirteen insightful essays highlight Laymon’s profound love of language and his artful rendering of experience, trumpeting why he is “simply one of the most talented writers in America” (New York magazine).

Laymon’s previous book, Heavy: An American Memoir was named a Best Book of 2018 by the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, NPR, Buzzfeed, Library Journal, The Washington Post, Southern Living, and Entertainment Weekly.