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Kiese Laymon

Biography

Kiese Laymon

Born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi, Kiese Laymon, Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing and English at the University of Mississippi, is the author of the novel LONG DIVISION and a collection of essays, HOW TO SLOWLY KILL YOURSELF AND OTHERS IN AMERICA. He is also the author of the memoir HEAVY.

Kiese Laymon

Books by Kiese Laymon

by Kiese Laymon - Memoir, Nonfiction

In HEAVY, Kiese Laymon writes about growing up a hard-headed black son to a complicated and brilliant black mother in Jackson, Mississippi. From his early experiences of sexual violence, to his suspension from college, to his trek to New York as a young college professor, Laymon charts his complex relationship with his mother, grandmother, anorexia, obesity, sex, writing and ultimately gambling. By attempting to name secrets and lies he and his mother spent a lifetime avoiding, Laymon asks himself, his mother, his nation and us to confront the terrifying possibility that few in this country actually know how to responsibly love, and even fewer want to live under the weight of actually becoming free.