Provided by Wikipedia Kiese Laymon (born August 15, 1974) is an American writer, editor and a professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Mississippi. He is the author of three full-length books: a novel, ''Long Division'' (2013), and two memoirs, ''How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America'' (2013) and ''Heavy'' (2018). Laymon's work deals with American racism, feminism, family, masculinity, geography, hip-hop, and Southern black life. His blog, ''Cold Drank'', features essays and short fiction as well as pieces written by guest contributors. Laymon has written essays and stories for publications including Gawker, ESPN.com, ''The Washington Post'', the ''New York Times'', ''NPR'', BuzzFeed, and ''The Guardian''.