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Posts Tagged: Diaspora

Masters of Movement: A Conversation with Morgan Jerkins

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Morgan Jerkins discusses her new book, WANDERING IN STRANGE LANDS.

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Disrupting Language Hierarchies: Talking with Judith Santopietro

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Judith Santopietro discusses TIAWANAKU. POEMAS DE LA MADRE COQA/POEMS FROM THE MOTHER COQA.

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The Promise of Werfel’s Musa Dagh: Portraying Genocide in Fiction

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How does a fictional account come to stand in for history?

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Resistance Against Erasure: Talking with Marianne Chan

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Marianne Chan discusses her debut poetry collection, ALL HEATHENS.

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That Constant Movement: A Conversation with Luis Othoniel Rosa

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Luis Othoniel Rosa discusses his novel, DOWN WITH GARGAMEL!.

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This Is Joy: A Conversation with Gabrielle Civil

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Gabrielle Civil discusses EXPERIMENTS IN JOY.

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Circuitous Journeys: Talking with Sejal Shah

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Sejal Shah discusses her debut essay collection, THIS IS ONE WAY TO DANCE.

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Pursuing the Unattainable: A Conversation with Zaina Arafat

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Zaina Arafat discusses her debut novel, YOU EXIST TOO MUCH.

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Both Scholarly and Poetic: A Conversation with Xandria Phillips

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Xandria Phillips discusses their debut full-length collection, HULL.

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Tracing the Fractures: A Conversation with Kristen Millares Young

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Kristen Millares Young discusses her debut novel, SUBDUCTION.

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The Fraught Nature of Belonging: Nathalie Handal’s Life in a Country Album

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Each poem opens a window into cities and vocabularies of exile.

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What to Read When You Need to Know SWANA

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SWANA writers share recommendations for what to read to gain perspective on the region.

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Terror Is a Faggot with Halal Sausages Strapped to His Chest

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Dishonesty became a form of protection.

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Finding the World Within

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Secrets are expectations passed down over silent years.

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On the Futility of Defying Extinction

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Always, when my father spoke to me in words I could not understand, my guilt spoke back.

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Which Flame Is Mine?: A Conversation with Rajiv Mohabir

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Rajiv Mohabir discusses his second collection, The Cowherd’s Son, his work as a translator, and resisting erasure in a racist America.

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The Ability to Pass Becomes Her Cage: Talking with SJ Sindu

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SJ Sindu discusses her new novel, Marriage of a Thousand Lies, queer readings of Hindu scriptures, and issues of privilege and power.

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VISIBLE: Women Writers of Color: Lisa Factora-Borchers

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Lisa Factora-Borchers talks about being a Catholic feminist, writing across genres, and pushing back against a singular narrative about New York.

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Mothers of My Diaspora

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It paralyzes me to think about the sacrifices my family made before I was in my mother’s womb. When they came here they knew they would lose a part of their language, their memories, their sanctity of self.

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The Saturday Rumpus Essay: No Wound

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Maybe I can touch it and show it to you. If I convince you, we can call it real. And then perhaps it will be.

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The Rumpus Interview with Vanessa Hua

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Vanessa Hua discusses her debut collection, Deceit and Other Possibilities, writing fiction in order to understand life as an American-born child of immigrants, and the importance of literary community.

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The Rumpus Interview with Meline Toumani

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Meline Toumani discusses her debut, There Was and There Was Not, the rewards and risks of writing a political memoir, and what it means to approach a divided past and future.

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“Black to the Future”

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Black to the future was/is a radical, dangerous, and daring dream—an impossibility. Science fiction and fantasy (sf&f) is a rehearsal of the impossible, an ideal realm for redefinition and reinvention. For Africans and their descendants in the diaspora, decolonizing our mind/body/spirits was/is an on-going sf&f project. In a stellar essay for the LA Review of Books, […]

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Black Quotations from Marion Berry to Natasha Trethewey

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For Guernica, Lauren K. Alleyne interviews Retha Powers, editor of the new Bartlett’s Familiar Black Quotations, which collects quotes by a rainbow of black sources, from Zora Neale Hurston to NWA to ancient Egypt. It’s a really interesting glimpse at the necessity and difficulty of distilling the essence of “the black experience” from all the different black […]

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Abandoning the Mothership

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We’ve all heard the stories about people getting fired from jobs because of overly revealing Facebook photos, or of couples breaking up by changing their Facebook “relationship status” before even talking to one another. Though Facebook is meant to exist in virtual reality, we have given it the power to seep into and intermingle with […]

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