Rashid Darden is an award-winning novelist based in Washington, DC, who uses the written word as a vehicle for the advancement of justice and social action. His … READ MORE about About Rashid Darden
Darden crafts a story that will make you laugh, shout, and cry.
Rashid Darden paints an exquisite portrait of college life, urban youth and the secrets we all hold from the world.
ROBERT DENSON, III
All of the characters come to life in a way that makes you think you know them personally or have met them somewhere in your life.
ADRIAN is handsome, brilliant, and devoted to serving others. Under the cool exterior, however, he is tormented and unfulfilled. Abandoned by his father and emotionally distant from his mother, he feels alone – adrift on campus – until he meets SAVION.
With rhymes dripping from his lips like honey, Savion has just what Adrian needs: stability, maturity, and love. Although their friendship is filled with peaks and valleys, their relationship is threatened by Adrian’s biggest challenge: BETA CHI PHI.
Who will be the first to break?
ADRIAN is on a mission to heal himself from his emotional wounds. Though he is fresh off the “burning sands” of Beta Chi Phi, he suddenly finds himself alone. He sets himself to the task of reconciling with his parents while forging his own path as a newly “out” man on campus – no easy feat when some fraternity brothers still harbor animosity toward him.
ISAIAH is head over heels in love with his boyfriend and isn’t afraid to let the world know it. His unwavering love threatens his future as a professional basketball player. Though he is being forced to choose between the love of his life and his career, it appears that he could be making a decision which could irrevocably affect his future.
Mr. Smith and Mr. Jones are teachers at a DC public high school. When one of them gets the opportunity of a lifetime, the other struggles to let go. Told under the cloud of the passing of iconic musical artist David Bowie, Rashid Darden introduces brand new characters that continue in the black gay romantic tradition. First anthologized in 47 – 16 : Short Fiction and Poetry Inspired by David Bowie (Volume I), “Smith & Jones: Young Americans” is now available with the essay “Floating in a Most Peculiar Way.”
Eustace Dailey has a Harvard degree, an artist’s eye, an active social life, and more money than he knows what to do with at his age. He should feel on top of the world, but instead, he constantly second-guesses his choices–especially when it comes to Jeremy.
Jeremy Jacob Carter has confidence, charisma, the perfect girlfriend, and only a year left in law school. He is supposed to have it all, but a chance connection with Eustace threatens to undermine everything he worked so hard for.
Along with their fraternity brothers Miles Johnson, Ian Kenney, and Adrian Collins (from the Potomac University Series), the men stumble through their adult years in search of brotherhood, friendship, love, and purpose.
Latest diary entries
Well, hello there! My name is Rashid Darden. You might know me from this video from Channel 4: If this is your first time visiting my page, or your first time in a while, welcome! This site has had several incarnations over the years. It is primarily an introduction to my life as a […]
As I write my novels, I tend to make a playlist that helps me get in the mood, set the scene, and channel my characters. This playlist is inspired by the flow and scenes of my first novel, Lazarus.