Get Lit With All of It: Kiley Reid
Get Lit with All Of It
Originally Aired: Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Photography by David Goddard
The book dives headfirst into matters of race and privilege, set around a young black babysitter, her well-intentioned employer, and a surprising connection that threatens to undo them both. With empathy and piercing social commentary, Kiley Reid explores the stickiness of transactional relationships, what it means to make someone “family,” the complicated reality of being a grown up, and the consequences of doing the right thing for the wrong reason.
Get to know the recent Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate and ask her questions about her first novel. With a musical performance by Bethlehem and Sad Patrick.
Buy a ticket for yourself and read along with Alison and Team All of It, or buy a table and receive 4 tickets and a free bottle of wine!
Credit: David Goddard
An Arizona native, Kiley Reid is a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was the recipient of the Truman Capote Fellowship. Her short stories have been featured and are forthcoming in Ploughshares, December, New South, and Lumina, where her short story was the first-place winner in the 2017 Flash Prose Contest. In Summer 2018, she attended the Cuttyhunk Island Residency as the recipient of the Paul Cuffee Scholarship. SUCH A FUN AGE is her first novel, currently in development by Lena Waithe’s Hillman Grad Productions and Sight Unseen Pictures. Kiley lives in Philadelphia.
Bethlehem and Sad Patrick perform songs of love and other struggles. Bethlehem’s soaring vocals and Sad Patrick’s guitar ride atop her driving tarima & body percussion to deliver powerful songs about being in and out of love, living in the city and on the margins, and struggling to make it with the deck stacked against you. Standout performers at 2019’s Porch Stomp, American Roots Music Festival at Caramoor, and Philadelphia Folk Festival, their live shows are enthralling and captivating.
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