Q+A w/ an Author You Need to Know
Welcome to installment, #2 with Author, Illustrator, and Founder of Faradai Literary, Tara Mixon.
With a finger on the pulse of black sisterhood and storytelling, Mixon is a true cultural savant. As a mother, multidisciplinary artist and educator, Mixon not only teaches and studies literary traditions of the African Diaspora she embodies them. Join us in welcoming the complete ideal of womanly dopeness, Tara Mixon.
Q: WHEN AND WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
A: July 12, Orlando, Florida
Q: WHO ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE WRITERS?
A: Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, Sonia Sanchez, Ntozake Shange, Lucille Clifton, Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Walker.
Q: DO YOU KNOW THE STORY OF HOW YOU WERE NAMED?
A: My mom was just 16 when she had me. One of her schoolmates was a beautiful, confident, Afrocentric young woman whom she greatly admired. Her name was Tara. Mom thought that perhaps the name had an African origin and she hoped that by giving me that name, I might grow up to be somewhat like the Tara she encountered in her youth.
Q: Does writing energize or exhaust you?
A: It exhausts me, but that is how I know that what I am writing is valuable. It’s very similar to childbirth in that way.
Q: What literary pilgrimages have you gone on? Or want to?
A: I would like to follow in the tradition Baldwin and many of the greats and write in Paris for a season.
Q: Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
A: I can only write what is true to me. I am hopeful that my tribe will find me.
Q: What does literary success look like to you?