Wyl Villacres, “Dear White People in my MFA Program” and commentary — coloring books project 2015

Friends -- I was just about to post a piece on satire, where I talk about the ways in which satiric writing has become a problematic mode of address for white writers trying to be "edgy" -- when lo and behold, here appears a great example of a satiric essay, written from a POC perspective. … Continue reading Wyl Villacres, “Dear White People in my MFA Program” and commentary — coloring books project 2015

Let’s talk story! — Ryka Aoki’s magic, joyous novel He Mele a Hilo — (coloring books project 2015)

Friends – There’s a lot of dystopian fiction out there. We see it in fantasy. We see it in SF. We see it on tv. Some of it is fabulous. But having looked at and read dark non-realist fiction for at least 30 years, I think I’m ready for something else. That something else can … Continue reading Let’s talk story! — Ryka Aoki’s magic, joyous novel He Mele a Hilo — (coloring books project 2015)

“secret garden” — cinderella meets selfridge’s meets the metamorphosis meets Shakespeare in Korean — coloring books project 2015

Friends of the magically real -- I have a confession to make. I am watching a 20 episode long Korean tv serial for the second time. And I'm making my husband watch it with me. Again. Yes, Secret Garden is THAT good. "What?" I hear you saying. "You mean you're watching a SOAP OPERA?" Just … Continue reading “secret garden” — cinderella meets selfridge’s meets the metamorphosis meets Shakespeare in Korean — coloring books project 2015

No Kidding American genius in Mud City Journal — 08/13/15, Coloring Books project 2015

Friends -- We literary folks are often awash in the many literary facebook like this page requests that come our way. Like this page Like this page. Whatever. Except sometimes you're asked to like a page, and you go because you want to be a nice supportive older writer person and then you look and … Continue reading No Kidding American genius in Mud City Journal — 08/13/15, Coloring Books project 2015

Magical Realism Blog Hop — July 29th 2015 – craft note: “make it big” (coloring books 2015)

Dear friends -- The Magical Realism Blog Hop is hopping right here. Here's my humble contribution to the conversation. I recently taught a Magical Realism 101 class in Port Townsend WA, and students said they were a bit stumped by the "how"s of MR. They knew the "what" well enough by the end of our … Continue reading Magical Realism Blog Hop — July 29th 2015 – craft note: “make it big” (coloring books 2015)

Chinese-American and Male?: watching 9-Man — July 15th, the coloring books project

Friends – I have to admit that I know very little about what it might be like to be a Chinese-American man. The only male friend of Chinese-American descent that I can remember ever having was my friend Pete. I got to know Pete in St. Louis in the mid 70's when we were both … Continue reading Chinese-American and Male?: watching 9-Man — July 15th, the coloring books project