- Category: LGBTQ Articles
- Written by Mel Mystery
An interview with Shawnon Corprew, author of Where the Color Purple Grows: The Intersection of Loving and Fearing Black (Queer) Bodies, a book of poetry and prose.
1. Tell me a little more about your writing experience and background.
I am 30 years old and I reside in Virginia Beach. I have a BA in English Arts from Hampton University. I am also a part of the Hampton U student collective, The Left Side Poets Present: Strange Fruit, which was released in 2011. I released my solo project, Where the Color Purple Grows Collection I, in June of this year. I've been writing poetry since I was 12 years old.
2. What inspired you to write this book?
I've always wanted to write a book, but I didn't have the confidence until last year. My colleague and friend, Patton, who also was in the Strange Fruit collection, wanted me to do a project with him. We both share the identities of black and queer, but we both have our own stories painted by our unique life experiences. We decided to start the Where the Color Purple Grows series (he released Collection II in June).
3. How do the different intersections of your identity influence your writing?