This issue of Konch features an interview with Quincy Troupe on racism in sports commentary. Troupe knows whereof he speaks. Not only is his poetry strong enough and imitated enough, Troupe is former official Poet Laureate of the State of California. Troupe’s latest book of poems is Errançities (2012). Mr. Troupe is co-author with Miles Davis of Miles: the Autobiography as well as Miles and me, a memoir of his friendship with musician,Miles Davis, scheduled to be republished in Fall, 2018 by Seven Stories Press. This will coincide with the release of a major motion picture, also titled Milesand me, for which he wrote the screenplay.
T.J. English, the distinguished crime writer, sends us a letter from Spain, where he is researching the life of Ernesto Torres, Sr., the notorious gangster. English’s first book was The Westies: Inside The Hell's Kitchen Irish Mob (1990). In 1995, English published Born to Kill, about a Vietnamese gang based in New York City's Chinatown. The book was nominated for an Edgar Award in the category of Best Fact Crime. Paddy Whacked, published in 2005, is a sweeping history of the Irish American gangster from the time of the Irish potato famine to the present day. Paddy Whacked was adapted as a two-hour documentary broadcast on the History Channel in 2006. His documentary, “The Irish Mob,” is currently streaming on Netflix.
Tyler A. Saunders is a recent student at Appalachian State University. He will be attending Virginia Tech for his MA in English, studying under poet Nikki Giovanni. Saunders takes a look at my most controversial novel, Reckless Eyeballing, thirty years after publication.
Ray Smith is Buffalo’s Langston Hughes. He is one of the handful of Black fiction writers, who still writes about the Black everyman and everywoman. He is the author of Uncertain Shepherds, a book of short stories.