Writer Of The Week: TaLynn Kel

‘Writing is everything.’

W e too often forget that writing is an act of extraordinary bravery. Even some of the best writers find it difficult to be truly honest on the page — to lay everything to bare, with unencumbered honesty.

The work of TaLynn Kel hides absolutely nothing.

Whether she’s explaining why she cut her racist in-laws out of her life, sharing the painful and often unspoken struggles of interracial marriage, asking us to confront the ugliness of privileged whiteness and patriarchal norms, or exploring racism in the cosplay community, TaLynn gives every piece of herself to what she writes. And with this act of bravery, she invites readers to give every piece of themselves in return, confronting difficult truths with a similar openness.

Her bravery is making the world a better place, one unflinchingly honest story at a time. And for that, TaLynn, we thank you.

Below, read TaLynn’s musings on fighting oppression, her upcoming social-justice sci-fi book, and her favorite jam by The Purple One.

You can generally find me writing in my office on a desktop computer while streaming music.

My most listened to song of all time is “Baby I’m a Star” by Prince.

The writers that have most influenced my life are Ntozake Shange, Octavia Butler, and Elizabeth Alexander.

The TV character I most identify with is none. I have yet to see myself on TV.

My 18-year-old self would feel proud about where I am today.

I like writing for The Establishment because you don’t make me change my voice to suit your sensibilities. This has been a unique and fantastic experience.

If I could share one of my stories by yelling it into a megaphone in the middle of Times Square, it would be “White People, You Have a Lying Problem.”

If I could only have one type of food for the rest of my life it would be lamb tibs with cabbage and tomato fitfit.

If I could give the amazing people who sponsor stories anything in the world to express my gratitude, it would be the ability to end oppression and make the world better and accepting of everyone. But you already have that if you’re willing to use it.

The story I’m working on now is a fiction novel that I keep starting and stopping over and over. I’m almost there but I just need to focus to get that first draft done. Then editing, editing, editing.

The story I want to write next is a science fiction social justice book, as yet untitled. And no, I won’t share the details cuz I love the concept and want to keep it a surprise.

Writing means this to me: Writing is everything. I’ve never not written. It has always been a part of my life and always will be.

If I could summarize writing in a series of three GIFs, it would be:

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