Posts Tagged ‘ writer ’

Interchange – The Unknown Knowns of Cultural Diplomacy – WFHB

Richard Wright (left) and fellow delegates at the First Congress of Black Writers and Artists, Paris, 1956.

For today’s episode producer Bella Bravo spoke with poet Juliana Spahr about her book, Du Bois’s Telegram: Literary Resistance and State Containment. This close study of how state interests have shaped contemporary U.S. literature was published by Harvard University Press in 2018.

In Du Bois’s Telegram, Spahr investigates the relationship between politics and art. Her research focuses on the institutional forces at work during three moments in U.S. literature that sought to defy political orthodoxies through challenging linguistic conventions: first, the avant-garde modernism of the early twentieth century; second, the resistance-movement writing of the 1960s and 1970s; and, finally, in the twenty-first century, the abundance of English-language works integrating languages other than English.


Source: Interchange – The Unknown Knowns of Cultural Diplomacy – WFHB

Feminize Your Canon: Eliot Bliss


The lesbian author of a radically anti-colonialist precursor to Jean Rhys’s “Wide Sargasso Sea” was only just barely rescued from complete obscurity

Source: Feminize Your Canon: Eliot Bliss

Toni Morrison: First Lady of Letters – The New York Times

Toni Morrison does not belong to black America. She doesn’t belong to white America. She is not “one of us.” She is all of us. She is not one nation. She is every nation. Her life is an instruction manual on how to be humble enough, small enough, tiny enough, gracious enough, heartful enough, big enough, to do what Ella Fitzgerald did at Harvard 37 years ago. To take an unknowing audience in the cradle of her hand and say, “I love you … and you … and you. …” To love someone. It’s the greatest democratic act imaginable. It’s the greatest novel ever written. Isn’t that why we read books in the first place?

James McBride

Dorothy Allison: Tender to the Bone – Guernica

Dorothy Allison, 2002.

The acclaimed author on working-class anger and the glory in literature.

Source: Dorothy Allison: Tender to the Bone – Guernica

Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin TRAILER | Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018 – YouTube

Mary Gordon & Glenda Jackson Talk Poetry, Theater and the State of Feminism – The New York Times

Ursula K. Le Guin, Acclaimed for Her Fantasy Fiction, Is Dead at 88