On Slavery, Magic, and the Negro Teeth of George Washington

Last month, I read excerpts to my students during small group reading so they could get a better understanding as to how fiction and nonfiction collide in a supernova of stellar beauty. Speculative fiction is so flexible. I love this short story!

Phenderson Djèlí Clark


My short fantasy story “The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington” appeared this month in Fireside Fiction magazine. A bit below on the history, and speculation, that inspired it.

The illustration for the story (above) is by the artist Odera Igbokwe

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