Words might not feel like much, but they are powerful and more needed than ever.
"The vulnerability and realness I've witnessed within the poetry world is unlike any other medium in my mind."
Read the full article on the Poetry Foundation website. Hayden had a fraught relationship to the evolving identity politics
My reading had taught me that I could render feminist characters long before I learned that there was a word to describe girls who bucked narrow gender roles. However, I also had internalized the belief that to be a legitimate author, my characters had to be white.
It is a beautiful thing to have a feeling, a notion and then transform it into something tangible. It's like being in the X-Men.
Coates' matter-of-fact social commentary deals with the reality of being black in America.
You don't often hear "African-American" and "Korean-American" in the same sentence without thinking of racial conflict. But maybe that's the whole point. I want to open up a conversation, and not just with my students.
Almost 25 years ago, living in LA and working in the film industry, I decided to write a screenplay. I had abandoned prose writing somewhere in college, having been scared straight out of the writing habit via the tender ministrations of visiting New Yorker short story virtuosi creative writing instructors and my own mountainous insecurities and fears.
Hers was a life born of nothingness, of vicious sexual assault, of shattered boulevards and smashed glass windows. But from the muck of that life, Maya Angelou became a voice for girls, for women, and even for boys like me.
Our national preoccupation with the concept is somewhat odd -- no other country seems to share this need to score ambitious new novels by whether it's a "Great _____ Novel contender."