Interviews | December 01, 1992

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I’m one of the few black writers who lives in the South and writes there.  Alice Walker told me she had to get out of Mississippi.  She simply could not write there.  I don’t feel that I have to be in exile to write.  I wrote at Yaddo.  I wrote at Cape Cod.  I wrote in Virginia.  I wrote in North Carolina.  I wrote in New York.  I wrote in Chicago.  There is no place that I can live where I can’t write.  Maybe if I were in New York or Chicago my stuff might be considered better than it’s considered as a southern woman living in Jackson.  But I don’t care about that.  Those places were too cold, the pace was too fast.  I just like living where I live.

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