Deesha Philyaw

In this upbeat and inspiring interview with The Secret Lives of Church Ladies author Deesha Philyaw, we talk about what it means to get intentional and how to get the kind of writing you really want to do off the backburner. We also get some insight into why Deesha writes about dissatisfied women and the power and influence of Bookstagramers.


Deesha Philyaw’s debut short story collection, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, was a finalist for the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction and for The Story Prize (2020/2021). Deesha is also the co-author of Co-Parenting 101: Helping Your Kids Thrive in Two Households After Divorce, written in collaboration with her ex-husband. Her work has been listed as Notable in the Best American Essays series, and her writing on race, parenting, gender, and culture has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, McSweeney’s, The Rumpus, Brevity, and elsewhere. Deesha is a Kimbilio Fiction Fellow and a past Pushcart Prize nominee for essay writing.

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