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...

Report from the Field: The Other Section

Report from the Field: The Other Section

I attempt to practice a feminism rooted essentially in intersectionality. As a woman who has had the privilege of studying feminist theory that illuminates the...

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...

VIDA PAST AND FUTURE:  VIDA ANNOUNCES CHANGE IN LEADERSHIP

VIDA PAST AND FUTURE: VIDA ANNOUNCES CHANGE IN LEADERSHIP

For Immediate Release For more information, please contact: Amy King, VIDA Executive Board aking@vidaweb.org VIDA PAST AND FUTURE VIDA ANNOUNCES CHANGE IN LEADERSHIP WELCOMES FOUNDERS...

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...

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...