Report from the Field: Letter to C

Report from the Field: Letter to C

Dear C, I am thinking of quitting poetry to sing. Maybe my voice will be more welcome there than at poetry readings. I came here...

The Unbearable (White) Maleness of US Poetry: And How We Can Enable a Structural Response to Literary Yellowface and Gender Inequity in Publishing

The Unbearable (White) Maleness of US Poetry: And How We Can Enable a Structural Response to Literary Yellowface and Gender Inequity in Publishing

On Labor Day, news broke widely that White writer Michael Derrick Hudson’s poem “The Bees, the Flowers, Jesus, Ancient Tigers, Poseidon, Adam and Eve” is...

Self Censored: When Writing is Not Right

Self Censored: When Writing is Not Right

I stopped jumping in and out of trouble. Once, it was a moving car, my father pissed; the walk home slow and only mildly treacherous....

Poetry, Community, and Reading the Body

Poetry, Community, and Reading the Body

Poetry can be a gateway to empathy, a space of shared vulnerability. It can help audiences navigate the difficult and uncomfortable by offering a creative...

The Intensity of The Reader: Reading as a Guest / a Thief in the Classroom / in the Wreckage

The Intensity of The Reader: Reading as a Guest / a Thief in the Classroom / in the Wreckage

The Intensity of The Reader: Reading as a Guest / a Thief in the Classroom / in the Wreckage   “I want a heart-broken university....

Report From The Field: The Defensive Male Writer

Report From The Field: The Defensive Male Writer

There are so many very important articles on the victimization of women in society.  And this is not one of them. Nope. This is an...

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,...

Language of the Border

Language of the Border

I. Growing up young, Filipina, and undocumented in Southern California, I naturally had a monstrous appetite for the various news feeds transcribing and sensationalizing the...

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...