THE BIPOC BOOK CRITICS COLLECTIVE
If your mind is saying WTF did I just scroll into, it's COMPS, the podcast that contemplates WTF it feels like to be BIPOC in the world of words.
At COMPS, Amanda Awanjo and co-host, Najah Webb, sit down with writers, agents, publishers, artists and more to talk about their hopes, their dreams, their inspirations and how they manage to stay afloat in all of the anti-everything that seems to be so contagious these days.
They interviewed some pretty neat guests this season, from self-published authors like Bridget Moore and Chase Bolling to bestselling romance writer Mia Sosa and pulitzer-prize finalist Soraya MacDonald.
It's a pretty easy-peasy format, so you can tune in while doing chores or while procrastinating at work. They sit down with some cool people, STFU, and listen. Each episode (sans the first one) closes out with a lightening round where listeners write in with questions that they've always wanted to ask the guest. And in the show notes, we offer "comps" or comparisons to artists, writers, books or movements that are related. To see a list of upcoming guests, please follow us on Twitter @COMPSPodcast.
This podcast is a journey. There is no institutional backing. There is no showboating or glitz. Just two women, two mics, and some amazing guests. We very lightly edit episodes so that you get a sense of what the guests are really like.
Our first episode, "Bridget Moore: On Breaking Generational Curses", is a prime example of us letting our guest be. Bridget dared to be the first in her family to express her creativity and start her self-publishing service A Moore Books. She uses her platform to discuss addiction, religion, and reflection. Her memoir GOD PLEASE SAVE AN ADDICT LIKE ME is a stream-of-conciousness narrative that challenges readers to focus on the humanistic side of recovery and hope. Of course, first episodes are really rough to air but we decided to go for it. Bridget came to us with a story to tell, and we wanted to get that out. Listen to the very first episode of COMPS below and be sure to shout us out on Twitter or IG!