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

june 21st, 2015 — do something

Friends -- this year, I have devoted my blog to writing about artists and writers of color. But that's not enough is it? The terrorist attack on Mother Emanuel Church on Wednesday June 17th 2015 forces any white person of conscience to consider the part they play in a system of oppression and annihilation that … Continue reading june 21st, 2015 — do something

May Day! — 60 year old white woman tries to grasp hip hop aesthetics #coloringbooksproject

  Dear Friends – Ok, this is embarrassing. I tried a couple of months ago to start educating myself about hip hop, and I got all kinds of good suggestions from friends and acquaintances as to what artists to listen to. While collecting those suggestions I looked up hip hop on Wikipedia to try to … Continue reading May Day! — 60 year old white woman tries to grasp hip hop aesthetics #coloringbooksproject

Allen’s Travels: comic questioning in Top Five — coloring books project 2015

Dear friends – I’ve been busy launching my debut novel, and haven’t had a lot of time to blog. But I have been thinking a lot about comedy, and how crucial a form it can be to do cultural work and to ask important, uncomfortable questions. I used to love the 1942 film Sullivan’s Travels-- … Continue reading Allen’s Travels: comic questioning in Top Five — coloring books project 2015

The coloring books project goes to AWP15: some (amazing) sample panels

Friends -- I've received some wonderful, thought-provoking and thought-ful responses to my previous blog post "When jews aren't white." Thanks to these comments, I'm reading Albert Memmi's novel about being a Jewish person of color in Tunis right now. I hope to blog more about this topic soon. But for now, I'd like to share … Continue reading The coloring books project goes to AWP15: some (amazing) sample panels