Mattathias Reads the Lit Blitz! Episode 4: "Part Heaven" by Madi Beckstrand


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I have the honor of interviewing the Judge's Choice Winner of the 2020 Mormon Lit Blitz, Madi Beckstrand. She reads us her poem "Part Heaven" ( and then we discuss embodied divinity in the particular form of black hair in America, which has suffered long under the oppressive yoke of externally imposed but horrifically internalized white standards of beauty. We also talk about how adoption gave her two families that she loves, what she dubs "main character syndrome" and the ways in which it can interfere in our ability to relate to others, and just how hard it can be to recognize how good one's own work is.

There's a lot more too. This is a really really good episode, y'all. Give it a listen.


To read Madi's full award citation and bio, go here and scroll down (or take the time to read about Cesar as well, you won't regret it):