African American Writers on China: A Dialogue – Afaa Michael Weaver, Kyle Dargan, Bro. Yao (Hoke S. Glover III), Aaliyah Bilal & Lily Wong

  After my initial travels throughout eastern China in 2010, the writer and curator Fred Joiner made me aware of Hoke Glover’s (Bro. Yao’s) plans to travel there as well. We even began to bat around the idea of doing some kind of public event to share our ideas and writing on travelling to China, [Continue Reading…]

Speak No Evil Forum Response: “MFA vs. POC” (Afaa Michael Weaver)

Afaa Michael Weaver   POC and MFAs. Well, let me be specific in terms of the African American community and HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) and say I would like to see more growth of MFA programs in that world. For black people the idea of a “practical” education has favored instruction in conservatory [Continue Reading…]

Speak No Evil Forum Introduction: “MFA vs. POC”

Forum Junot Díaz’s April 2014 New Yorker piece “MFA vs. POC” sums up the failings of American Creative Writing Programs simply: “too white.” Which is to say, not enough faculty of color, little to no space for the experiences of people of color, and an abiding belief that race is not the province of Literature. [Continue Reading…]