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Beasts of the Southern Wild—from the perspective of two Southern Writers

Posted on 29 October 2012

Beasts of the Southern Wild exploded on the film scene garnering massive praise for the actors, awards and critical acclaim for the filmmakers, and criticism about everything from the lack of storyline to the stereotyping of a community. Kiini Ibura Salaam and Lynn Pitts, two writers from Louisiana, share their thoughts on the film. KS:… »

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Vol. 85, Art and Activism with Ava DuVernay’s The Middle of Nowhere

Posted on 10 October 2012

This past Friday night I attended Imagenation’s panel Art & Activism featuring the Sundance-award winning Middle of Nowhere. First, a word about Imagenation. Imagenation was founded by Moikgantsi Kgama and when I moved to New York in the mid-90s Imagenation was holding monthly film events as part of the crazy explosion of arts that was… »

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Vol. 84, Keeping Integrity

Posted on 7 October 2012

“A lack of integrity does not imply that one is a “bad” person. A lack of integrity simply suggests that one is being an inconsistent person—and an inconsistent person is a disempowered person. Whenever there is a contradiction within the self—a lack of wholeness and congruence—there is a fragmentation and its resulting sense of angst…. »

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Vol. 83, Daring to Try Again

Posted on 20 September 2012

During my time in New Orleans, a friend from high school brought photos from our childhood. It showed me–more clearly than ever–that our lives are ripe with fodder for fiction. I have mentioned more than once how the need to write a novel has been panting at my neck. I’ve been going in dizzying mental… »

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Vol. 82, Have You Been Seen?

Posted on 17 August 2012

On a television show I was recently watching, there was a curvy girl trying out for a ballet summer program. She got cut almost immediately. Her ballet teacher gave her a wig and told her to go audition again under another name. She got cut quickly again. Her ballet teacher sent her in again under… »

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Same Worries, 11 Years Later

Posted on 2 August 2012

It’s crazy how we can travel so far and yet find ourselves harboring the same fears, internal obstacles, and worry. Back in 2001, I wrote: Fast forward to this year and I am quietly trying to convince myself it’s time for me to start a new novel.” I also wrote: “Deciding to write a new… »

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The Splintering Sparks of Our Efforts

Posted on 29 July 2012

Way back in May, OWS held a day of mass activities for May Day. It culminated in a march from Union Square down to Wall Street and a stream of people stretched down Broadway in front of my job–including the black-clad anarchist group that has been attending OWS groups and causing a ruckus. (Interestingly the… »

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Respecting the Work: A Discipline

Posted on 26 July 2012

My first reading after the book came out was at Wiscon, the feminist spec fic conference. It was in a conference room of a hotel and it went very well. I kept my pacing consistent, I was calm, and read in a stable voice. In fact, the reading convinced a bunch of people to go… »

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Vol. 81, Readercon in Boston and Miko Kuro’s Midnight Tea in NYC

Posted on 23 July 2012

THE PROMOTIONS HUSTLE So two months after the book has been published, I have a much clearer understanding that achieving something big simply means that you have more work to do (of course it means more than that, but…) My free time is now spent sending out emails, looking for opportunities for public appearances, putting… »

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Vol. 80, Keeping It Moving

Posted on 8 July 2012

I have been running to the gym for my morning workouts. If you know me, then you know “Kiini” and “running” do not belong in the same sentence (“Kiini” and “gym” don’t really go together either, but they do now!) I am able to run to the gym because I did the Couch to 5K… »

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