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...

WHY ARE PEOPLE SO INVESTED IN KENNETH GOLDSMITH? OR, IS COLONIALIST POETRY EASY?

WHY ARE PEOPLE SO INVESTED IN KENNETH GOLDSMITH? OR, IS COLONIALIST POETRY EASY?

Kenneth Goldsmith reading “The Body of Michael Brown” (screenshot via @soulellis/Twitter) “Insofar as poetry has a social function it is to awaken sleepers by other means...

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...

VIDA Roundtable on Misogynist Content and Editorial Responsibility

VIDA Roundtable on Misogynist Content and Editorial Responsibility

Recently, following the publication of a troubling poem about violence against women, a social media backlash began, along with a conversation about misogynist content, editorial...

Report From the Field: White People Love Me: Dispatches From The Token

Report From the Field: White People Love Me: Dispatches From The Token

I get along with white people really well. Growing up, they brought peppermint bark down the cul-de-sac to my parents’ house every Christmas. They smiled...

Some Questions About Empathy and Reading

Some Questions About Empathy and Reading

First Questions: The Limits of Empathy I taught two creative writing courses as a graduate student. My undergraduates wanted answers and rules, and instead I...