Here’s what I mean by not centering the author of the workshop piece: I always tell my students, following the lead of my favorite MFA professor, that the truth is that workshop is most helpful to the person talking, not the person being workshopped.
Posts Tagged: Matthew Salesses
The worst insult people hurl at adoptees is that they are “ungrateful” and should “go back” (to their “own” countries, to their old families). That is the moment when adoption becomes a gift—because that is the moment when it becomes clear that adoption belongs to people like the adoptive parent and not people like the adoptee.
At Electric Literature, Matthew Salesses discusses the works of Joseph Conrad and Flannery O’Connor to explore the problem of unconscious prejudice and unintentional racism in writing, and how writers can avoid it:
The writing of fiction cannot treat marginalized characters as vessels, cannot let the plot play out the racism of under-enlightened protagonists.
We’re getting ready to send out our next Letter in the Mail, and it’s from author Matthew Salesses! Matthew writes to us about equality, possibilities, and missing Linsanity.
And we’re offering a special Let’s Get Cozy promotion—purchase or extend a yearly LITM subscription anytime during the month of September, and you’ll receive an autographed copy of Matthew Salesses’s The Hundred-Year Flood, just released 9/1 from Little A/Amazon Publishing!...more
The cool weather is approaching and The Rumpus wants to help you curl up with a good book! Purchase a yearly Letters in the Mail subscription anytime during the month of September, and you’ll receive an autographed copy of Matthew Salesses’s The Hundred-Year Flood, just released 9/1 from Little A/Amazon Publishing!...more
There’s an inherent need to stitch together a war veteran’s memory because narratives made of memories are otherwise fragmented. This is the tragedy of a war story—that the wholeness will never find resolution. Unfortunately for many veterans, these qualities follow them home and gain tight purchase....more