Category Archive: Poetry

In Pretreatment

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I remember when a guy I was dating thought a night on his bed watching the HBO show, In Treatment was a romantic gesture. After the episode, we watched “The Notebook” and though… Continue reading

Creating Identity

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I’ve been thinking a lot about how, when, and where race, ethnicity, and gender intersect. The answer, of course, is simple: identity. As a woman of color, I am constantly questioning identity (both… Continue reading

Reading More Writers of Color

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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

Sportin’ Literature

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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

What Things are You Close To?

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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

Earth to Big Mouth?

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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

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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

Reading as a Writer

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In the December 2011 edition of her newsletter, The Practicing Writer, Erika Dreifus continues her customary list of reading recommendations from fellow authors. Dreifus instructs recommending authors to choose a book from any… Continue reading

Voice and Imagination: An Interview with Saeed Jones

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Sibling Rivalry, publisher of Saeed Jones’s chapbook, When the Only Light is Fire, invites you to “Hear the Fire” by clicking a link on their website. Rather by click or by public appearance,… Continue reading

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