Category Archive: Non-fiction

A Summer of Visual Arts and Artists


This summer I finally fulfilled my desire to paint a self portrait. The portrait turned out to be a triptych in acrylic paint and it certainly shows my novice level, but who cares?… Continue reading

Reading More Writers of Color


I recall fiction writer Victor Lavalle saying that his work is often compared to black writers whose work he does not recognize as similar. Lavalle felt that a lack of familiarity with black… Continue reading

The More Enjoyable of Q&A


“I was exposed to a world that was so rare,” Grachan Moncur recalls in an interview with poet, writer and professor, Sean Singer (Cerise Press Summer 2012). With natural grace—the self rising and… Continue reading

Sportin’ Literature


I have barked and cheered at the television and searched sports blogs feverishly during this year’s NBA championship and USTA seasons. And I did these things relatively alone, talking to one friend via… Continue reading

De Pura Cepa: An Interview with Puerto Rican Artist, Amy Ortiz


Hola Delen Readers, This week we take great pleasure in introducing la artista mas apasionada–the hermosa Amy Ortiz. DELEN ARTS: Can you please tell us about your cultural background? Where did you grow up? … Continue reading



(Photography by Javier Montero) It’s December 30th in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and my flight has arrived at midnight.  My father and brother are waiting for me on the other side of the… Continue reading

What Things are You Close To?


There are various dialogues in epistolary form addressed to specific professionals—the most famous is “Letters to a Young Poet” with the much more contemporary “Letters to a Young Novelist” as an honorable mention.… Continue reading

Letter From Birmingham Jail: Creative Nonfiction?


The genre of creative nonfiction is no longer new, but it is still a baby in the literary world. It might be highly contestable to call Lee Gutkind the baby’s father, but without… Continue reading

Earth to Big Mouth?


Almost a year ago, a prize-winning poet and sweet friend sent me an email telling me that I should respond to Claudia Rankine’s open-letter call. This friend and I talk often about race… Continue reading

Pick of the Unknown


As 2011 comes to an end, writers the world over are taking stock of their rejection letters, acceptance letters and un-submitted final(?) drafts in hopes of a new year with their names in… Continue reading

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