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A Response from the Writers of ‘What Is Literary Activism?’ August 27, 2015: [Editor’s Note: This post was written as a response to a letter originally posted on August 21st, responding to “What is Literary Activism?“] Dear Wendy Trevino, Juliana Spahr, Tim [...] by

Call and Response: The Gifts of Women Poets (Part 2) August 26, 2015: [Editor’s Note: Part 1 of “Call and Response: The Gifts of Women Poets” can be found here.] On Carolyn Kizer Carolyn Kizer was my poetry mentor, great friend and goddess. Here is an [...] by

Call and Response: The Gifts of Women Poets (Part 1) August 25, 2015: “When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.” —Audre Lorde While I am very much a fan of recovery [...] by

What Is Literary Activism? August 18, 2015: This past summer, I was asked to talk about my literary activism as part of an acceptance speech for an award I was receiving. This request threw my current actions into sharp relief. Was I doing [...] by

Pretending to Disrupt, Merely Distracting: Plundering Privilege in the World of Poetry August 11, 2015: It should come as no surprise to anyone who knows me and knows I grew up steeped in the south’s Bible Belt culture of racism that I am compelled to reflect on the surrounding culture, specifically [...] by

Redressing the Emperor: Why Poets Matter August 3, 2015: They say you can be a bad person and still make a great thing. They say you can use poetry cynically for your own selfish gain in the name of free speech. But what they don’t say so often, because [...] by

Misadventure July 27, 2015: At some point in the middle of 2012 I started thinking that celebrity was a really crucial humanitarian issue. Like, it’s not really a media issue. It’s not a pop culture issue, and it doesn’t [...] by

Channel Surfing July 20, 2015: I’d like to note a peculiar absence in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The most basic and influential piece of employment-related legislation in the United States, Title VII protects [...] by

Afterburn July 13, 2015: Kowloon Walled City, City of Darkness, Dice City, Vice City. Intermediate space, the space between zones. When I first got into interior design I found some images of Kowloon Walled City in Hong [...] by

Tradecraft July 7, 2015: Prologue “Tradecraft” is the first in a series of essays that address disintermediation and convergence as it relates to design, aesthetic philosophy, authorship, poetry, and the packaging of [...] by