RECORDED 2/2/15: You’re going to love Ravi Howard and his writing. I first met Ravi in 2008 at a writer’s residency where I was putting the final touches on my manuscript which became my first novel, The Girl Who Fell From the Sky. Ravi’s just published his second book, Driving the King, about Nat King Cole and an African-American veteran who has returned from abroad. Get a copy now–it’s a really wonderful read! You can listen to the interview here or download it from itunes.–Heidi Durrow
Ravi Howard received the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence in 2008 for the novel Like Trees, Walking, a fictionalized account of a true story, the 1981 lynching of a black teenager in Mobile, Alabama. Howard was a finalist for both the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award and the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award for Debut Fiction in 2008.
He has recorded commentary for National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, and his work has appeared in The New York Times, Massachusetts Review and Callaloo. He also appeared in the Ted Koppel documentary, The Last Lynching, on the Discovery Channel. Howard has received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Hurston-Wright Foundation, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
His television production work has appeared on HBO, ESPN, Fox Sports 1, and NFL Network. He received a 2004 Sports Emmy for his work on HBO’s Inside the NFL.