The Audacious Book Club: Milk Blood Heat (4)

Dantiel W. Moniz’s book is one of three books by Black women writers from Florida (specifically Jacksonville) to come out in 2021 - Deesha Philyaw’s The Secret Lives of Church Ladies and Dawnie Walton’s The Final Revial of Opal & Nev are the other two. Florida has a long tradition of producing and/or cultivating great writers, from Zora Neale Hurston to Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings to Jaquira Diaz to Kristen Arnett. What other Florida writers do you see Moniz’s work speaking to or influenced by? Do you see these three Black women writers, all from Jacksonville, all publishing around the same time, as indicative of a possible trend or shift in publishing, or do you think it’s more likely to be a coincidence? Regardless of the reasoning, what can we learn about publishing and readership from this occurrence that can help push the publishing industry to adopt a mindset that’s more intersectional and inclusive?