I’m up early this morning because I’m pretty excited since this has been a good news week for me: I was included in two new books on poetry that just came out!
The way Black poets think about black poetry has been reduced to how and why we represent racial issues. We will not call it service literature, but we do want it to serve.
Now I know scores of poets, and talk about poetry often, and it is often not nearly the bread it was before.
There is a very long tradition of White critics who are invested in keeping Black poets at the margins of Contemporary American Poetry.
My issue is not disagreement with my views on poetry, but that I keep waiting for my respect as someone who is an actual practitioner in the field of poetry.
The fiction workshop was with an organization that I will not name. I won’t identify the year or the teacher, either; I only will say I admired the teacher so much.
Before I go any further, let me say, you’re about to get free swag. I’m not playing with you. Now that I’ve got your attention, let me keep going. Then, I’ll get back to the free part again. Rosalyn Story wrote a well-reviewed book, Wading Home—Washington Post, Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, and Essence reviewed this book […]
Hey Y’all: TODAY is the deadline for some really sassy awards in Creative Writing, and the next two days are, too. So I thought I would remind you to check out Poets and Writers Grants and Awards page and get your hustle on. If you live in a small town, the Post Office closes at […]