Speak No Evil Forum Response: “MFA vs. POC” (Jennifer Hayashida)

Jennifer Hayashida   “For once in my life, let me get what I want.” —The Smiths, Please, please, please let me get what I want   “It’s fun to do that, like rhyme about handguns.” —Das Racist, Rainbow in the Dark   This is the kind of thing you want to write anonymously. After all, [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…]

MusingWith: Contributors

MusingWith: Contributors MEI-MEI BERSSENBRUGGE was born in Beijing and grew up in Massachusetts. She is the author of thirteen books of poetry, including Empathy (Station Hill Press), Nest (Kelsey Street Press), I Love Artists, New and Selected Poems (University of California Press), and most recently, Hello, the Roses (New Directions). She lives in New York City [Continue Reading…]

MusingWith: Poem & Responses

MusingWith: Mei-mei Berssenbrugge Kandice Chuh, Patricia Ticineto Clough, Kimiko Hahn, Jennifer Hayashida, Joseph Jonghyun Jeon, Kyoo Lee, Russell C. Leong & Simon Leung Series guest-edited by Kyoo Lee Table of Contents Turquoise Shade, by Mei-mei Berssenbrugge ………………………………… 1 after and before, by Kandice Chuh ……………………………………………….. 2 A diagram: five shades of turquoise, by Patricia Ticineto Clough … 3 [Continue Reading…]

Forum: What did September 11th do to the concept of “Asian America”?

Forum What did September 11th do to the concept of “Asian America”?  Do you see a schism between “Asian America” and “Desi America,” and a new alignment between South Asian/Arab/Middle Eastern/Muslim Americans?  What tensions now exist between and within these various communities? Deepa Iyer In 1998, Lavina Shankar and Rajini Srikanth edited a book that [Continue Reading…]