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Katia D. Ulysse: Dreams, Goals, and Perseverance | The BABG Vlog

On this episode of Badass Black Girl, MJ talks with writer and educator, Katia D. Ulysse. They talk about what makes her a badass Black girl, and how she is still “becoming” one. They discuss the importance of lifting each other up, and forming a strong community. They talk about how the pandemic has impacted Katia as a high school teacher and the challenges of teaching remotely in an impoverished school district. They talk about her background as a storyteller, and Katia shares how her great-grandmother gave her a love of stories from a very early age. Katia shares how and when she knew she wanted to be a writer, and how fighting imposter syndrome is part of her process. They also discuss her first experience being published, and why she continues writing. You can learn more about Katia and her work on her website.


Katia D. Ulysse is a fiction writer, born in Haiti. Her short stories, essays, and Pushcart Prize–nominated poetry appear in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including: The Caribbean Writer, Smartish Pace, Phoebe, Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism, Mozayik, The Butterfly’s Way: Voices from the Haitian Dyaspora in the United States, and Haiti Noir, edited by Edwidge Danticat. She has taught in Baltimore public schools for thirteen years, and served as Goucher College’s Spring 2017 Kratz Writer in Residence. Drifting, a collection of her short stories, drew high praise from literary critics. She is currently at work on another short story collection. Mouths Don’t Speak is her latest novel.


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