Black Nerd Problems: Essays


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Gallery Books
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6.1 X 9.1 X 1.2 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

William Evans is an author, speaker, performer, and instructor known for founding the Writing Wrongs Poetry Slam and cofounding the popular website Black Nerd Problems. He has been a national finalist in multiple poetry slam competitions and was the recipient of both the 2016 Sustainable Arts Foundation Grant and the 2018 Spirit of Columbus Foundation Grant. The Callaloo and Watering Hole fellow is the author of three poetry collections and currently lives with his family in Columbus, Ohio. He is an MFA candidate at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Omar Holmon lives as he writes, one nerd reference at a time. Recognized by Rutgers University as a distinguished Alumnus Poet, he is the author of the poetry collection We Were All Someone Else Yesterday and cofounder of the website Black Nerd Problems. Omar's voice is one that makes a home across numerous demographics. Like A Beautiful Mind but with more comic book and movie quotes, Omar is able to find the correlation between pop culture and any body of work, using humor in his social commentary to make serious points.


"[A] wide-ranging, compulsively readable debut collection...Evans and Holmon are often hilarious...and always original. This hugely entertaining, eminently thoughtful collection is a master class in how powerful--and fun--cultural criticism can be." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"William Evans and Omar Holmon reveal the many things at work in the mind of the brown nerd: skepticism, humor, delight, but most of all, love. Man, I wish this book existed when I was a kid." --Marc Bernardin, co-creator of Comixology's Adora and the Distance and supervising producer of Star Trek: Picard

"Holmon, [] the co-founder, along with William Evans, 41, of the website Black Nerd Problems. Their book of the same title will be published this summer. Both projects excavate the territory of nerd culture -- comics, anime, e-sports, tabletop gaming, science fiction, fantasy and more -- from a Black perspective that the broader nerd community has historically overlooked or, worse still, outright attacked." --T, The New York Times Style Magazine

"Omar and Will are the best of the best at dissecting pop culture." --Kari Byron, bestselling author of Crash Test Girl, host of Crash Test World, and former host of Mythbusters