ROUNDTABLE: POLICING THE OTHER IN THE LITERARY WORLD

ROUNDTABLE: POLICING THE OTHER IN THE LITERARY WORLD

This conversation, moderated by Hoa Nguyen, took place on March 29, 2015. Hoa sent out a preliminary list of questions meant to spark the conversation,...

Report from the Field: To Lift Off My Veil

Report from the Field: To Lift Off My Veil

When I began considering Anne Sexton, the American poet who could not bear the sexism of the mid-20th century Western world, and read in her...

The Count in the Ivory Tower: Gender Parity in MFA Programs

The Count in the Ivory Tower: Gender Parity in MFA Programs

A graduate PhD student and a tenured professor walk into a coffee shop—sounds like the beginning of a hackneyed joke. Instead, it’s the catalyst for...

Report from the Field– Speak Test: The Silencing of the Racialized Body

Report from the Field– Speak Test: The Silencing of the Racialized Body

In my third year as an MFA student, I received an email from my English department requesting that I schedule and pass a Spoken English...

The House With Feet: The Dire Importance of Ruth Stone’s Bequest

The House With Feet: The Dire Importance of Ruth Stone’s Bequest

“Who are the women who brought my great-grandmother tea and straightened her bed? As anemone in midsummer, the air cannot find them and grandmother’s been...

Report from the Field: Some Day You Will Ache Like I Ache–  What Sexualized Language Means to Me

Report from the Field: Some Day You Will Ache Like I Ache– What Sexualized Language Means to Me

Recently my grandmother writes on Facebook under a picture of my, at the time, fourteen-year-old sister: “sexy.” A few days later I see my now...

Against Our Own Best Time: Competition Among Writers in the Margins

Against Our Own Best Time: Competition Among Writers in the Margins

In the small town where I grew up, I was strange and lonely. Books were my solution. The page was the easiest place to name...