Brendan Slocumb on the Validation of Recording Racism and Discrimination in His Novel
From Micro, a Podcast for Short But Powerful Writing
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In this episode of Micro, M.M. Kaufman talks to Brendan Slocumb about his new book, The Violin Conspiracy.
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The instances of racism and discrimination were actually quite shocking for a lot of people who have never experienced those things. I have often been told by people reading this book, “I didn’t believe a word of it. Things like that really don’t happen.” That’s what I’ve been hearing my entire life. A lot of the instances in the book actually came from my own experiences. And when I would tell my friends and colleagues this happened, immediately I was met with “you’re exaggerating, it wasn’t that bad.” So putting it down on the page for people to actually read and be able to identify with was very, very validating.
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Brendan Nicholaus Slocumb was born in Yuba City, California and was raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a degree in music education, concentrations on Violin and Viola. While at UNCG, Brendan was the concertmaster for the University Symphony orchestra and served as the principal violist. He performed with numerous small chamber ensembles, including flute and clarinet choirs, and in the BESK string quartet.
M.M. Kaufman is a fiction writer based in Georgia. She is a Fulbright Scholar and earned an MFA in the University of New Orleans’ Creative Writing Workshop. She is currently the Managing Editor at Rejection Letters and works on the team for Micro Podcast. Her fiction is published with The Normal School, Hobart, Metonym Journal, Sundog Lit, Daily Drunk Mag, (mac)ro(mic), HAD, Olney Magazine, the Miller Aud-cast, Pine Hills Review, and elsewhere. Find her on Twitter @mm_kaufman and on her website mmkaufman.com.