Tagged: culture

#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...

Summer reading 2015

Summer reading 2015

I keep saying I want to read more poetry, and then I never do. So I’m making my summer reading goal to read ten poetry collections by the end of August. More specifically, I want to read poetry by people of color, women, and anyone writing from/about a culture that is different from the dominant...

I’m not pregnant, I’m just fat

I’m not pregnant, I’m just fat

Newsflash! I don’t have a flat stomach! This does not—and it bears repeating—this does not mean I am pregnant. It means I don’t have a flat stomach. Like most women. (And even if I were pregnant, that’s none of your fracking business. Because you’re a complete stranger or someone I met three times, briefly, and...

Why I hate books titled “The [Blank]’s Wife”

Why I hate books titled “The [Blank]’s Wife”

I have never read a single book with a title like The Time Traveler’s Wife or The Tiger’s Wife or The General’s Daughter, etc. (There’s a Goodreads list of all 65 books that use this awful, cliched convention.) Some of these are probably good. Maybe even feminist or subversive. But I can’t get past the...