#FavPo: If China

I was presented with the following twitter challenge. A literary magazine invited me by name to submit. I don’t know whether to be flattered or bemused by their recruitment strategy. (Was my name pulled by random from a hat of poets?) But it effectively drew my attention. Rattle Magazine @RattleMag Publishing #poetry you can actually … More #FavPo: If China

Maya Angelou, rest in peace and STILL RISE forever

“When I try to describe myself to God I say, ‘Lord, remember me? Black? Female? Six-foot tall? The writer?’ And I almost always get God’s attention.” –Maya Angelou I woke up this morning to the news that Maya Angelou was dead. As ever when someone dies, I am torn between hungers: what to write? To … More Maya Angelou, rest in peace and STILL RISE forever

More Grandbaby Stories: The Pressure of Names and Second Chances

I think it’s safe to write that my daughter-in-law is expecting. Anyone who doesn’t already know (or whom she may not wish to know for perfectly reasonable reasons of her own) is probably not a regular reader of this blog. So I can tell you, dear readers, I feel excited about this new family member. … More More Grandbaby Stories: The Pressure of Names and Second Chances

Reporting Harassment at a Convention: A First-Person How To

Whatever My friend Elise Matthesen was creeped upon at a recent convention by someone of some influence in the genre; she decided that she was going to do something about it and reported the person for sexual harassment, both to the convention and to the person’s employer. And now she’s telling you how she did … More Reporting Harassment at a Convention: A First-Person How To

written today: stop

Stop Stop in the middle of what you were saying. In the middle of what you were doing, of what you were about to do –just stop. Say, do, nothing. For once let everyone everywhere stop. Let there be just silence and intention. Stop birds, band-leaders, lovers and politicians. Undam the rivers and let everyone … More written today: stop

On kickstarter, rape guidebooks and why women are not a game

Dear Kickstarter (warning triggers) by G.L. Morrison (Notes) on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 10:24pm   Today some artists I admire pulled their CD from the crowd-source funding site Kickstarter as a form of protest against a vile project also using the site. S. Bear Bergman, the trans activist/writer had this as his status FB message: “Hey Kickstarter, … More On kickstarter, rape guidebooks and why women are not a game

The Cost of Activism

Commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Rosenbergs’ Executions                 On Sunday, June 16, 2013, the RFC commemorated the 60th anniversary of Ethel and Julius Rosenbergs’ executions with a benefit event at The Town Hall in New York City, entitled, Carry it Forward: Celebrate the Children of Resistance.  (Pictures of the cast members are above.) Robert Meeropol also is marking today with … More The Cost of Activism