VIDA Reads with Writers – Jamia Wilson

What are you reading on the subway or in the waiting room today?

I am usually reading a couple of books at a time depending on my mood. Right now I’m reading Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes and Negroland: A Memoir by Margo Jefferson.

What book popped for you in 2015?

My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem. It affirmed me and inspired me to think about my purpose and calling with more vision and intention.

Whose words do you return to regularly?

Lucille Clifton
Anne Frank
Gloria Steinem
Audre Lorde
Hortense Spillers
bell hooks
Danzy Senna
Toni Morrison
Jose Munoz
Tavi Gevinson
Angela Davis

Is there an author you can’t wait to read next?

Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric


What are you working on now? What can VIDA fans look forward to from you next?

Check out some of my stories in Rookie Magazine’s Yearbook Four. I also contributed to The V-Word: True Stories About First-Time Sex, a collection that will be released by Simon and Schuster in February.


unnamedJAMIA WILSON is a feminist media activist and storyteller. Wilson is the executive director of Women, Action & the Media, and a writer at Rookie Magazine. Her words and works have been featured in and on CNN, ABC, Alternet, CBS News,,, GOOD Magazine, New York Magazine, GRIT TV, In These Times,, Ms. Magazine, The Today Show, The Washington Post, Huff Po Live, The New York Times and more. Jamia serves on the Omega Institute, Groundswell Fund, and Boards of Directors.