Writing on the Margins
Category: Class Notes
After his essay, “Too Poor for Pop Culture,” appeared on Salon.com and went viral, D. Watkins, B.A. ’09, M.F.A. ’14, gained significant attention for his insights on contemporary race issues. He soon found himself with bylines in The New York Times, The Guardian and Rolling Stone, among others, and in September he released his debut book, The Beast Side: Living (and Dying) While Black in America. David Simon, creator of HBO’s The Wire, called the collection of essays “… a blunt, eloquent argument for the forgotten in our cities.” Watkins began teaching undergraduate UB students in the spring and released his first memoir, The Cook Up, in May.