Alternate Structures for Fiction (etc.)

How A Writer’s Craft can be a (more) Anti-Racist Textbook, Part 8 Matthew Salesses’ chapter from Craft in the Real World, “An Example from East Asian and Asian American Literature,” begins to really get into some of the detail I’ve been looking for in terms of alternate structures and ways to rethink creative writing. IContinue reading “Alternate Structures for Fiction (etc.)”

Mourning Daunte Wright

This is a terribly horrific and sad week in America. Once again, a young black man has been killed on our streets — this time in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, as the trial of the police officer who killed George Floyd goes on just 11 miles away. This time, Daunte Wright’s death is portrayed as aContinue reading “Mourning Daunte Wright”

Inclusivity: Expanding the Canon

How A Writer’s Craft Can be a (more) Anti-Racist Textbook, Part 5 Chapter 4 of Felicia Rose Chavez’s The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop talks about how Chavez moved from being taught with the standard literature anthologies when she was in college, reading the assigned white writers from library copies in old editions or photocopying assignments becauseContinue reading “Inclusivity: Expanding the Canon”

Confronting My Discomfort About Anti-Racism

How A Writer’s Craft Can be a (more) Anti-Racist Textbook, Part 4 As I’ve tried to lay out in my first three posts of this series, I am very interested in and supportive of the move to create an anti-racist creative writing workshop. That doesn’t mean that the conversation is always comfortable, nor should itContinue reading “Confronting My Discomfort About Anti-Racism”

Where I’m Coming From: The Origins of My Workshop Practice

How A Writer’s Craft Can Be a (more) Anti-Racist Textbook, Part 3 Let me just put it out there: I’m a straight white guy, so you’d be justified in asking what right I have to write about anti-racist anything. My goal in writing this series of posts is not to co-opt the discussion or toContinue reading “Where I’m Coming From: The Origins of My Workshop Practice”

Some Thoughts on Craft

How A Writer’s Craft Can Be a (more) Anti-Racist Textbook, Part 2 The word “craft” can sometimes take on a negative connotation in discussions of anti-racist workshops, and I get it. Strict ideas about craft have often been used as justification for certain kinds of writing over others, and yet craft does not have toContinue reading “Some Thoughts on Craft”

How A Writer’s Craft can be a (more) Anti-Racist Textbook, Part I

Let me just say, I’m reading The Anti-Racist Workshop: How to Decolonize the Creative Classroom by Felicia Rose Chavez, and I’m looking forward to reading Craft in the Realy World by Matthew Salesses, two books that came out this year that are rethinking creative writing pedagogy in the light of anti-racism. I’ve read articles byContinue reading “How A Writer’s Craft can be a (more) Anti-Racist Textbook, Part I”

In Praise of Kind Rejections

I had one of the kindest rejections of my poetry book manuscript this week from NewSouth Books, who unfortunately is no longer publishing poetry, though they put out one of my favorite collections a few years ago, Jacqueline Trimble’s American Happiness. They could have not even read my query and just written to tell meContinue reading “In Praise of Kind Rejections”