Dr. MOLECULA – GRAFFITI ARTIST REPS THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

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(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?

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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

Letter From Birmingham Jail: Creative Nonfiction?

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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?

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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

IDENTITY ARCHITECTS: Part Dos

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So one day, I’m perusing the dollar section by the checkout at Target.  I find a bin of children’s socks and I start to pick out a pair of Disney Princess Tiana, and… Continue reading

IDENTITY ARCHITECTS

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The setting, Sofrito restaurant in NYC. The couple, a black Latina and her white Latino boyfriend. The question, “Why do you feel the need to connect with the girls of Black Latina Movement?… 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

Who’s Racing Whom?: A Review of Eisenberg’s Asuncion

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In performances like in life, you have come to expect certain behaviors from various races, ethnicities and cultures, haven’t you? Of course, we all have. And in this familiar paradox of assumptions turned… Continue reading

Waiter! There’s some Spanish in my soup!

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Um, can someone please tell me what balabusta means in English? What about Sukkot?  Can these words be accurately translated and is there some value that is lost in the transaction, this linguistic… Continue reading