Voices of Bettering American Poetry 2015 — Joanna C Valente

Voices of Bettering American Poetry 2015 — Joanna C Valente

What do you have to say to those who would suggest your writing is too intense or upsetting? Life is upsetting and intense, so why...

Rolling Stone and the Backlash Against Advocacy Journalism

Rolling Stone and the Backlash Against Advocacy Journalism

It’s the tenor of the media punching show that got to me. I’m saddened that a story about sexual assault went awry—of course I am....

Report from the Field: On (Not) Reporting Sexual Violence

Report from the Field: On (Not) Reporting Sexual Violence

During my first six months of graduate school I was stalked and sexually harassed by a guy in my cohort. We were both about thirty...

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...

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