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Labor Day Weekend: Some things I did instead of writing blog posts

Labor Day Weekend: Some things I did instead of writing blog posts

Participate in Force Friday by spending half my paycheck on Star Wars merchandise like a good capitalist fangirl. Played with my new Sphero BB-8 Started reading Star Wars: Aftermath (initial reaction: wtf why no, and I’m not the only one). Paint my living room ceiling. (I almost have a house. Just five more rooms to...

#FridayReads: “Darkship Renegades” by Sarah A. Hoyt

#FridayReads: “Darkship Renegades” by Sarah A. Hoyt

I am always on the hunt for space opera about women, written by women. It’s not as common as one would hope. So when I stumbled upon this series by Sarah A. Hoyt in my local Barnes & Noble, I ordered it from the library (because I had already spent all my book money). Darkship...

#SummerReads #5: Teaching My Mother To Give Birth by Warsan Shire

#SummerReads #5: Teaching My Mother To Give Birth by Warsan Shire

This summer, my goal is to read ten poetry collections. Click on the summerreading2015 tag to chart my progress. I can’t remember how I came across Warsan Shire, but whatever person, website, or blog caused her name to cross my eyes deserves a plate of chocolate chip cookies. Shire is a Kenyan-born Somali-British poet with...

Adding diversity to my fiction

Adding diversity to my fiction

I was halfway through writing my MFA thesis—a collection of feminist retellings of Warren Zevon songs—when I read Full Frontal Feminism by Jessica Valenti (one of my favorite feminist authors) and realized I’d made a glaring omission in my project. All my main characters were women, yes, but they were all white women. As soon...

#SummerReads #4: The Shipwreck Dress by Terri Witek

#SummerReads #4: The Shipwreck Dress by Terri Witek

This summer, my goal is to read ten poetry collections. Click on the summerreading2015 tag to chart my progress. I encountered Terri Witek’s work by chance at the 2012 AWP Conference in Chicago. That discovery alone made the conference worth it (though generally speaking it was an excellent conference). I bought Exit Island on the...