“It is more than just standing up for a cause, or about reading/analyzing a text and relating to it, but rather it starts with looking… [Read More]
What have you been reading, watching, or listening to lately? What new or emerging writer do you want the world to know about?
I’m rereading June Jordan’s essays. I just finished revisiting Gwendolyn Brooks’ Maud Martha. … [Read More]
“I find that language shaped in the mouth of an indigenous person is a unique form of political resistance—no matter the context. There’s a weight… [Read More]
How do you practice self-care when writing about difficult subject matter?
I breathe. I run outside along the creek with foot to pavement, on dirt, and mother Earth to remind myself that I am but a … [Read More]
“What passes for “allyship” is often these easy practices one can adopt to make one feel alongside whoever it is they’re oppressing. Ethical branding. But… [Read More]
“Provide opportunities for marginalized people, but you also don’t have to rush to be the first/only. Promote writers and organizations engaging in oppression, even if… [Read More]
“But none of that can matter or be the least bit edifying if the people educating us aren’t as attentive to our needs and vulnerabilities… [Read More]
“We can’t leave it to victims alone to tell and consume our stories, or nothing will change.”
I’m closing Five Quarterly.
We’re a small, online lit mag that has existed by word-of-mouth and by support of our amazing writers and editors. We’ve hosted a few readings in New York and LA, but haven’t … [Read More]
“I doubt that social media will play a major role in terms of which poems will last the long journey. Maybe there are poems and… [Read More]
“I love seeing micro communities in poetry make their own alternative spaces for work that doesn’t fit the status quo, yet their excellence is undeniable—this… [Read More]
What would you like to see change in the literary world, or how would you “better” American poetry? Can American poetry be “bettered?”
I think much like American culture, American poetry can be bettered by de-centering … [Read More]