Finding Home Through Literature: A Study of Filipino Fiction

Finding Home Through Literature: A Study of Filipino Fiction

All my life, I felt ashamed because I was born in America. Growing up in Los Angeles, CA, in the nineties, an American, to me,...

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...

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...

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: Some Day You Will Ache Like I Ache–  What Sexualized Language Means to Me

Report from the Field: Some Day You Will Ache Like I Ache– What Sexualized Language Means to Me

Recently my grandmother writes on Facebook under a picture of my, at the time, fourteen-year-old sister: “sexy.” A few days later I see my now...

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...