The Authored Self

The Authored Self

Writing, for me, means freedom. Which is to say, everything prior to discovering writing was entrapment. You cannot desire freedom, you cannot be gripped by...

On Writing As Liberation

On Writing As Liberation

I. What is the word ‘expression?’ An utterance, a declaration, a representation. Of feeling, of thought, of character. Becoming a radical against silence, expression is...

Body of a Poem: La Loca

Body of a Poem: La Loca

I remember it like it was today because it was yesterday, maybe this week, this month, or I’m not sure. I remember a group of...

The Dictator in My Notebook: On Censorship and the Risks of Writing

The Dictator in My Notebook: On Censorship and the Risks of Writing

My mother used to warn me, “Never write anything down you wouldn’t want someone else to read. Not in a letter. Not in a diary....

Where We Go From Here: Writers Who Remember Freedom

Where We Go From Here: Writers Who Remember Freedom

You say you are my ally, stand up! Brush yourself off. There is no time for tears, for self-pitying platitudes. There is a rich, racist,...

Compassionate Curating: Creating Black Intentional Literary Spaces

Compassionate Curating: Creating Black Intentional Literary Spaces

I will always remember this past summer as one riddled with Black death. I was living in isolation at the time, with my parents in...

Where Do We Go From Here? Against Hegemony, Toward Integrity: The Dissident Artist’s Struggle

Where Do We Go From Here? Against Hegemony, Toward Integrity: The Dissident Artist’s Struggle

Artists have declared their dissent from Trump. #WritersResist, #ArtAfterTrump, and #J20ArtStrike are a sample of many anti-Trump events organized by artists worldwide. It’s important to...