In Conversation with Jamise Harper of Spines & Vines
A sweeping and devastating debut novel following two American families, one white and one black, from the 1950s through Barack Obama’s first year as president, and grappling with America’s painful history of racism and sexism.
Bearing witness to the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War, and the first term of Obama’s presidency, THE TRAVELERS is both an intimate family portrait and a searing examination of the hauntings and traumas still reverberating in America today and the wounds in our history we have not healed. With its assured prose, memorable dialogue, and remarkable sense of place, THE TRAVELERS introduces Regina Porter as a rising literary star.
Regina Porter is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow. She is the recipient of a 2017-2018 Rae Armour West Postgraduate Scholarship. She is also a 2017 Tin House Scholar. Her fiction has been published in The Harvard Review. An award-winning writer with a background in playwriting, Porter has worked with Playwrights Horizons, the Joseph Papp Theater, New York Stage and Film, the Women’s Project, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, and Horizon Theatre Company. She has been anthologized in Plays from Woolly Mammoth by Broadway Play Services and Heinemann’s Scenes for Women by Women. She has also been profiled in Southern Women Playwrights: New Essays in History and Criticism from the University of Alabama Press. Porter was born in Savannah, Georgia, and lives in Brooklyn.
Spines & Vines is a love affair with books and wine! Jamise Harper is the DC bookstagrammer behind Spines & Vines who also created the #diversespines initiative to highlight literature authored by women of color. Jamise believes that reading diversely teaches about others and is key to fostering empathy and respect.
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