Summer McDonald

Writer | Editor

selected work

May 2018

The Unexpected Legacy of Sheryl Swoopes (ESPNW)
Whether or not she meant to, when Sheryl Swoopes came out, she changed the game

December 2017

'No Time to Spare' Review (Newsday)
A review of Ursula K. Le Guin's last book

September 2016

A Jarring Choice at the National Museum of African American History (The Literary Hub)
On the unintended consequences of the NMAAHC's decision to name its eatery Sweet Home Cafe

February 2015

On the Very Real Possibility of a Super Bowl Conspiracy (The Black Youth Project)
When the Seattle Seahawks lost the Super Bowl by being too cute

August 2011

Canon Fodder: Octavia the Prescient (Specter Literary Magazine)
Octavia Butler foresaw the world in which we currently live--and tried to warn us about it

Canon Fodder: ‘The Girl Who Fell From the Sky’ and the Problem of Mixed-Race Identity (Specter Literary Magazine)
The anti-blackness at the heart of mixed-race identity