Ismail Muhammad
Ismail Muhammad

Ismail Muhammad is a writer based in Oakland, California. He’s a staff writer at the Millions and contributing editor at Zyzzyva.

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Sept. 18 2017 7:45 AMTraumatized GhostsJesmyn Ward’s new novel is like a modern Beloved, with the cruelty of the criminal justice system swapped in for the torments of slavery.
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April 14 2017 5:20 PMThe Anti-PolemicistDurga Chew-Bose’s dense, meticulous writing on identity politics feels like a corrective for our current political moment.
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June 15 2017 11:29 AMSecond SightTeju Cole’s new book of photography and essays feels like the fulfillment of an intellectual project that has defined most of his career.
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Feb. 15 2017 4:49 PMThe Misunderstood Ghost of James BaldwinHow critics have misconstrued his influence on today’s great black nonfiction writers.