Francesca Ekwuyasi by Nicole Dennis-Benn
Francesca Ekwuyasi’s debut novel, Butter Honey Pig Bread, is an evocative, lyrical tale of three Nigerian women—a mother and her two daughters whose relationship is ripped apart by a terrible event that would take years to overcome. She writes with such tenderness and restraint, seamlessly depicting intergenerational trauma, betrayal, loss, queer desire, food, culture, and faith through the lens of these dynamic, unforgettable characters. Read more

Nicole Dennis-Benn by Danielle Jackson
What’s rare about Here Comes the Sun is that it centers black women. The secrets we keep. Those we bury. The stories we tell ourselves; the bonds and pacts and compromises we make and break so that the secrets do not kill us. Dennis-Benn has given voice to these secrets and stories in a way that engages the reader and exorcises the shame.  Read more.

Marlon James by Felicia Pride
In 2007, before the release of the Man Booker Prize winning A Brief History of Seven Killings and the critically received The Book of Night Women, Marlon James sat with writer Felicia Pride to discuss John Crow’s Devil and literary success. With the release of his debut novel, John Crow’s Devil, Marlon James, thirty-five, has been compared to everyone from Gabriel García Márquez and Toni Morrison to William Faulkner and Frantz Fanon. Read more

Saeed Jones by Danielle Jackson
Saeed Jones, a lover of words and sounds and the son of a musician, has shaped the collection into a meditation on the vocabulary and sonic landscape of trauma, grief, survival, race, sex, and oppression.  Read more

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Mosaic Queer Issue
After an all too long hiatus from print, Mosaic is set to return as an annual “omnibus” dedicated to building on the mission of what it means to build a narrative across multi programmatic spaces: panels, public conversations, and academia.

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The Literary Freedom Project is committed to provided spaces that elevate narratives of the African Diaspora.


Mosaic develops workshops and lesson plans that demonstrate how Mosaic’s content, books, and culture can help empower educators, parents, and community-based organizations to use books, writing, and reading to engage curious minds. We invite the community to take part in our programs. Read more.

The Beautiful Ones

Mosaic is committed to providing a space to the beautiful ones –writers such as Lucille Clifton, NIkki Giovanni, William Melvin Kelly who are blessed with the imprimatur “elder.” Their words and lives embody the work that must be done to nurture movements that continue to resonate and bear fruit. Read more.


The Mosaic Literary Conference provides a platform for literature-based creative thinking and knowledge sharing. Each year we invite educators, community and arts organizations, as well as the public to participate in a variety of workshops. Read more.