Kiini Ibura Salaam is a writer, painter, and traveler from New Orleans, Louisiana. The middle child of five, she grew up in a hardscrabble neighborhood with oak and fig trees, locusts and mosquitoes, cousins and neighbors. Kiini's work delves into spheres of human liberation, human connection, and evolution. She employs speculative fiction, erotica, and creative nonfiction to take readers through mind-bending journeys into the transcendent, the sensual, the mystical, and the fantastic.
This week on The Reading Life, Kiini Ibura Salaam, whose new collection of stories is called Ancient, Ancient.
I have been a fan of Kiini Ibura Salaam for almost five years. She is a poet warrior that doesn’t mind sharing her successes and failures with the world. Kiini is one of the reasons I am able to enjoy the success I have right now, and I am truly grateful…
Various African-American writers, entertainers and intellectuals have chosen to live abroad. James Baldwin and Josephine Baker picked Paris, and W.E.B DuBois moved to Ghana. Add to that list Louisiana-born author Kiini Ibura Salaam…
Kiini frequently leaves the country to devote time to her writing, and is currently in Oaxaca, Mexico crafting her novel, Fate. It was a pleasure to have her share her experiences with us from Mexico in an email interview.