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We’re Live! Introducing Reckon True Stories, with Deesha Philyaw and Kiese Laymon

Dear friends, 

It’s time: Our premiere episode of Reckon True Stories is here! 

Listen in your favorite podcast app, and be sure to follow the show so you never miss an episode: 

Today’s episode is an in-depth first conversation between Deesha and Kiese about their writing journeys — how they first came to write essays and nonfiction, and the writers whose work has inspired them. 

Get the full show notes and reading list over at Reckon.

We’ll have new episodes every Tuesday during Season One — with special guests including Roxane Gay, Imani Perry, Alexander Chee, Minda Honey, Hanif Abdurraqib, and Samantha Irby. 

What People Are Saying So Far… 

  • We’ve already seen some reviews coming in — if you like the show, we’d love to hear from you, too. Be sure to leave a rating and written review in Apple Podcasts. It makes a big difference. 
  • Deesha and Kiese spoke with journalist Tommy Tomlinson about how the show came together, for WFAE’s SouthBound podcast.

RSVP for Reckon’s Live Launch Party July 18

Deesha and Kiese will also join Reckon Editor in Chief Ryan L. Nave for a special Zoom launch event, Thursday, July 18 at 6 pm ET / 5 pm CT. 

Sign up here to join — it’s free: 

More Instagram Readings and Ursa Short Fiction Coming Soon

We also hope you’re enjoying our author interviews on Instagram and TikTok — we have more of those on the way. 

And we’ll have Season Three of Ursa Short Fiction coming this fall… 

Thanks for your support! 

-Dawnie, Deesha, and Mark

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