Ta-Nehisi Coates is a writer and journalist. I know of him mostly from his work at The Atlantic, where he writes about cultural and political issues, particularly as regards African-Americans. But he has previously written for Time, The Village Voice, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, O, as well as having published two books. The first is a memoir and the second, which won this year’s National Book Award, Between the World and Me.

“I always consider the entire process about failure, and I think that’s the reason why more people don’t write.”

He also did a great interview for NPR that you can listen to here:
Ta-Nehisi Coates On His Work And The Painful Process Of Getting Conscious

I may also be a fan because he is a fellow comics-geek:
Ta-Nehisi Coates Unpacks the Way Comics Have Conquered the World

About the author

DayAlMohamed Day Al-Mohamed is author of the Young Adult novel, “Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn.” She is also co-editor for the anthology, “Trust & Treachery” from Dark Quest Books. In addition to speculative fiction, she also writes comics and film scripts. She is an active member of the Cat Vacuuming Society of Northern Virginia Writing Group, of Women in Film and Video, and a graduate of the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop.