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I love being surprised when I write. Usually I start with a scrap of language, something musical and/or imagistic that feels alive and urgent for some crackpot reason. Then I follow that initial burst of energy, hoping to discover other bursts. Or squeaks, at least. Sometimes I’m pretty purposeful in trying to disrupt/interrupt the poem–I’ll throw in elements that I’m not sure fit together, and that becomes the challenge.
Chen Chen, interviewed by Diana Clarke for Pank (via bostonpoetryslam)
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INTERVIEWER
Did you know as a child you wanted to be a writer?

MORRISON
No. I wanted to be a reader. I thought everything that needed to be written had already been written or would be. I only wrote the first book because I thought it wasn’t there, and I wanted to read it when I got through.
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cats-and-cardigans:

Fiction:
Babyji by Abha Dawesar
Blue Boy, by Rakesh Satyal
Funny Boy, by Shyam Selvadurai
Ode to Lata, Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla
The Paths of Marriage, by Mala Kumar
The Pregnant King, by Devdutt Pattanaik
Quarantine, by Rahul Mehta
She of the Mountains, by Vivek Shraya
The Two Krishnas, by Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla
The World Unseen, by Shamim Sarif
Non-Fiction & Anthologies:
AIDS Sutra: Untold Stories from India, by Amartya Sen and various authors
Because I Have A Voice: Queer Politics in India, edited by Arvind Narrain and Gautam Bhan
Gay Bombay: Globalization, Love, and (Be)Longing in Contemporary India, by Parmesh Shahani
Impossible Desires: Queer Diasporas and South Asian Public Cultures, by Gayatri Gopinath
The Invisibles, by Zia Jaffrey
A Lotus of Another Color, by Rakesh Ratti
Love’s Rite: Same-Sex Marriage in India and the West by Ruth Vanita
Made in India: Decolonializations, Queer Sexualities, Trans/National Projects, by Suparna Bhaskaran
Same-Sex Love in India, edited by Ruth Vanita and Saleem Kidwal
Sexual Sites, Seminal Attitudes: Sexualities, Masculinities and Culture in South Asia, by Sanjay Srivastava
Shikhandi and Other Tales They Don’t Tell You, by Devdutt Pattanaik
Queer Activism in India: A Story in the Anthropology of Ethics, by Naisargi Dave
Queering India: Same-Sex Love and Eroticism in Indian Culture and Society, by Ruth Vanita
With Respect to Sex: Negotiating Hijra Identity in South India, by Gaytri Reddy

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Blerd Bookstore Struggle + 10 Black Speculative Fiction Anthologies

Whenever I step inside of a bookstore, my first stop is always the science fiction section. Routinely, I’ll do a scan for my favorite Black science fiction authors, and nine times out of 10, Octavia Butler, Tananarive Due, Samuel Delany and other popular Black science fiction authors have been placed on the African-American literature shelves. This seems to send a very clear message to readers: Black authors who write science fiction are somehow “other.” These stories are not considered traditional science fiction or aren’t really science fiction at all; it belongs, instead in the special interest, ethnic, or diversity categories of the bookstore. The categories that usually take up the least amount of space in the room, as if we have fewer stories to tell.

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♠ writing blog with variety of genres produced {flash fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, short stories, and fanfiction}. ♠ activist - oriented - tackles issues of systematic inequality through personal experiences and knowledge learned. also passes along magazines seeking submissions from marginalized identities.
♠ open {and eager} to provide advice for/engage with  beginning writers {and all who are curious!}
home   |    curious?  |   show me what you’ve made.

i worked hard for you. i thought i got to lovin’ you.

♠ writing blog with variety of genres produced {flash fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, short stories, and fanfiction}.

♠ activist - oriented - tackles issues of systematic inequality through personal experiences and knowledge learned. also passes along magazines seeking submissions from marginalized identities.

♠ open {and eager} to provide advice for/engage with  beginning writers {and all who are curious!}

home   |    curious?  |   show me what you’ve made.