Kukuwa Ashun

Flatiron Books

My Manuscript Wish List

I'm currently a junior editor on the Flatiron Books editorial staff looking to build a list of literary, historical, and/or contemporary fiction that primarily centers a cast of nuanced, dynamic Black/Afro-identifying (or BIPOC) characters. Here, I think of work that has a combination of humor and heart (like Issa Rae’s Insecure or, most recently, Quinta Brunson’s Abbot Elementary) and engages readers through stylistic elements (voice, diction, POV, structure, etc.) to create a compelling narrative arc. 

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I absolutely love fiction that’s both atmospheric and perceptive in its scope, something that’s willing to sit at the intersection of multiple themes in a way that feels both complex and accessible. Stories that create or contribute to larger conversations about society are a plus, especially ones that incorporate the ramifications of systemic inequalities (like the school-to-prison pipeline) within a community–both in the US or on a global scale.

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It’s fun for me to discover and explore lesser-known historical gems that blossom into fiction, something in the realm of Kaitlyn Greenidge’s novels. I love the complexities of multigenerational or familial relationships, especially when sharp humor, wit, and lyrical prose are brought to the forefront of these narratives. 

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I am 100% looking for debut short story collections (or collections with a novella) that are thematic of region/place and skillfully immerses a reader into an underrepresented community in literature. Some of my favorites include Bryan Washington’s Lot and Kali Fajardo-Anstine’s Sabrina and Corina.

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Vital Info

Editor
Fiction: Family Saga, General, Historical, Humor, LGBTQ, Literary, New Adult, Short Story, Women’s Fiction
Non-Fiction: LGBTQ, Memoir, Pop Culture

Favorite sub-genres: Book Club, Climate Fiction, books in translation, contemporary, historical, literary
I'd like the next...

Insecure, A Different World, Girlfriends, The Proud Family (all in book form)


My favorites include...

BOOKS

  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  • The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enough by Ntozake Shange
  • If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson
  • and everything by Toni Morrison*

AUTHORS

  • Toni Morrison
  • Jacqueline Woodson
  • Yaa Gyasi
  • James Baldwin
  • Lucille Clifton
  • Kaitlyn Greenidge

MOVIES

  • Set It Off (1996)
  • Waiting to Exhale (1995)
  • Parasite (2019)
  • Inception (2010)

TV SHOWS

  • Living Single
  • A Different World
  • Insecure
  • The Office
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Abbot Elementary 
  • Ozark

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