Magical Realism, personal trauma, and the wound in the world in CEREMONY by Leslie Marmon Silko

“He had to keep busy; he had to keep moving so that the sinews connected behind his eyes did not slip loose and spin his eyes to the interior of his skull where the scenes waited for him.”    CEREMONY  Leslie Marmon Silko’s first novel written in the 1970’s, is a book I’ve continually heard … Continue reading Magical Realism, personal trauma, and the wound in the world in CEREMONY by Leslie Marmon Silko

01/01/16 — coloring books 2015 finale

Friends -- This post ends this iteration of the coloring books project -- which was my concerted attempt to read, watch, listen to, and learn about artists and intellectuals of color and post about those artistic efforts and those cultural spaces during the year of 2015. That concerted attempt will not end, because if I've … Continue reading 01/01/16 — coloring books 2015 finale

Beautiful translators — China trip, 2 — coloring books 2015

We want to be in charge of our speech. Those of us who work with words for a living -- we want to control the message, the input and output of words, dancing themselves out in lines that kickstep from left to right, even when spoken.  The lexography of the Roman alphabet. Caesar writing "veni, … Continue reading Beautiful translators — China trip, 2 — coloring books 2015

visit to china 1 — ghost steps — November 21 2015 coloring books project

"Oh," he said, when I told him I'd fallen on the stairs of the creative writing center at The College of Mobile Telecommunications Chonqing. "I forgot to tell you about the ghost steps." "Is that why I kept on tripping and slipping?" I asked him. "Is this why there were thresholds on top of thresholds … Continue reading visit to china 1 — ghost steps — November 21 2015 coloring books project

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)

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

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