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Interview with Author, R. Kayeen Thomas

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R. Kayeen Thomas

When R. Kayeen Thomas published his first book, LIGHT: Stories of Urban Resurrection, while still a junior in college, award winning author, Kwame Alexander had this to say about the budding literary sensation: “So deft, so cool, so unashamedly  writerly, he just may be the most gifted author under twenty-five in America.” His sophomore offering, ANTEBELLUM (July 2012; ISBN: 978-1-59309-425-6-1 $15.00/$17.00 Can.), promises to solidify his place in the literary landscape.

In a story reminiscent of the late Octavia Butler’s Kindred, ANTEBELLUM’S fluid language and intriguing story line will challenge reader’s beliefs on what it truly means to be enslaved in the 21st century.

R. Kayeen Thomas is one of Washington, D.C’s hottest writers.  Having lived in the nation’s capital since the age of 3, he self-published his first book, Light: Stories of Urban Resurrection, during his junior year at Carleton College in Northfield, MN.  Upon returning home to D.C to market his first work, Thomas sold 1,000 copies of his book in the Washington Metropolitan area before returning back to finish his undergraduate studies.  Now, at age 27, he is an author, poet, playwright, hip-hop artist, journalist, and social justice advocate.  He resides in Southeast D.C. with his wife and daughter.