In 2017, editors Sean Frederick Forbes and Tara Betts, along with co-editor Cathy Schlund-Vials, published a volume of essays entitled The Beiging of America: Being Mixed Race in the 21st Century. This collection joins others such as Jesmyn Ward’s The Fire This Time and A Race Anthology, edited by Dan Moulthrop and R.A. Washington.
Still, books about race, especially about being mixed-race, are few and far between. In this collection, nearly 40 authors told their stories about being mixed-race in the U.S.
Sean Frederick Forbes is an Assistant Professor-in-Residence of English and Director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Connecticut. He has co-edited two collections of personal narratives titled What Does It Mean to be White in America? Breaking the White Code of Silence: Personal Narratives by White Americans and, of course, The Beiging of America. His specialties include world, Afro-Caribbean, African American, and ethnic American literature.
Tara Betts is the author of Break the Habit and Arc & Hue. She's a co-editor of The Beiging of America and editor of the critical edition of Philippa Duke Schuyler's memoir Adventures in Black and White. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies.
This episode was produced by Julián Esteban Torres López, Aïcha Martine Thiam, and Nicole Zelniker.
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