Queer/Trans/Asian [Nat. Brut]

this is exciting https://www.natbrut.com/q-t-a-folio

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Readings in Boston on Monday

Hi All! Just thought you might be interested to know about these readings, both unfortunately at the same time on Monday in Boston:

Monday, April 3, 6 pm

Daniel Borzutsky, Aracelis Girmay and Ishion Hutchinson

Edison Newman Room, Houghton Library.

Harvard University

Cambridge

 

 

Monday, April 3, 6—8 pm

Nicole Terez Dutton, L’Merchie Frazier, Regie Gibson, Barbara Lewis, and Askia Toure

The Living Archive: African American Poetry

Panel 2: Black Style, Black Language

Moderated by Robert Bellinger

Boston Public Library’s Main Branch

700 Boylston Street

Boston

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Panel: Black Style, Black Language

The Living Archive: African American Poetry

PANEL 2: BLACK STYLE,BLACK LANGUAGE

Monday, April 3, 2017, 6—8 pm

An exploration of the styles and impulses found within the body of both written and spoken Black poetry. Moderated by Robert Bellinger.

NICOLE TEREZ DUTTON
L’MERCHIE FRAZIER
REGIE GIBSON
BARBARA LEWIS

ASKIE TOURE 

Boston Public Library’s Main Branch
700 Boylston Street, Boston
Commonwealth Salon

This series is sponsored by the Boston Poet Laureate Program and Suffolk University’s Clark Collection of African American Literature.

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Black Art Night

Thought I’d share an event that’s happening on campus that might be of interest to the folks from the class.
Black Art Nightan Open Mic and Exhibition of Black Art
In celebration of Black History month and all genres of literary art by Black artists.
Featuring multi media presentations of Black visual arts, literary arts, and music, 
with time for students to perform in Open Mic!
7-9pm, Friday, February 17th
King House, 154 Hope St
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introduction

In Angels of the Americlypse‘s Introduction, Carmen Giménez Smith and John Chávez describe society’s expectations of Latinx authors.  References to abuelitas, tortillas, and “degrees” of Latinx-ness point to the pressure that’s put upon Latinx writers for them to demonstrate their otherness in a way that’s accessible and digestable, a way that aligns with society’s standards. Supplemented by this act of othering, people of color are never thought to be speaking for themselves when they write about their experiences – they’re seen as speaking for their racial collective. When white people write about their experiences, they’re never seen as speaking for white people; society acknowledges that white people have different likes, dislikes, interests, even though it doesn’t grant the same sense of individuality to people of color. Partially due to this imposed collectivism, a running theme throughout the works that we’ve read in Experimental Poets of Color is, “To what degree are people of color responsible for ‘explaining’ themselves to the rest of the world? And, at what point, does explanation cease to be worthwhile?”

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monstrosity

cw: guns, murder

OK first things first I’ll eat your brains
then I’ma start rocking gold teeth and fangs
cause that’s what a motherfucking monster do – Nicki Minaj

-x-

It’s hiding in the dark
Its teeth are razor sharp
There’s no escape for me
It wants my soul,
It wants my heart
It’s scratching on the walls
In the closet, in the halls
It comes awake
And I can’t control it

I feel it deep within,
It’s just beneath the skin
I must confess that I feel like a monster
I hate what I’ve become
The nightmare’s just begun
I must confess that I feel like a monster
I, I feel like a monster – Skillet

———————–x———————–

we didn’t know where the monster came from. he happily put a gun to his aggressor’s face and pulled the trigger. a cyborg would’ve pulled the trigger, but wouldn’t derive pleasure from such barbaric displays of anger and frustration.

the following day, we watched the monster walk among humans and cyborgs. each step, dripping with acid, corroding the sidewalk and destroying everything in its path. after coming from an environment that produced demons, the monster never knew love or forgiveness. when it rounded the street corner and disappeared from sight, a sigh of relief could be heard from every person down the block. everyone is always afraid that the monster will turn on them; they are afraid that it might double-back, bare it fangs, and rip them to shreds.

before the change, the monster was driven by intellect, not by instinct.

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Discovery Projects!

Aziza Barnes

Truong Tran

Sofia Samatar

Clint Smith

Sandra Lim

Pamela Lu

Calle 13

Christopher “Loma” Soto

Nate Marshall

Simone White

Hoa Ngyuen

Bettina Judd

Ronaldo Wilson

 

 

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