Why Talking about Diversity Doesn’t Mean Much: Notes from the Armchair #10

Originally posted on Red Sofa Literary:
By Laura Zats ? I don’t know if you know this, but I’m super into representing, reading, and advocating for diverse books. It may be the blatant request in my representative categories, my tweets on #MSWL, or the content of the blogs or classes I teach, but it’s pretty…

#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