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Vol. 94: Toni Cade Bambara’s The Salt Eaters

Posted on 7 June 2013

When I was younger, my mother’s bookshelf was my library. It was home to many novels that are central to Black woman’s literature. I could grasp plots that featured grown-up experiences, but much of the subtext and external references escaped me. This didn’t stop me from voraciously consuming everything I could get my hands on… »

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Vol. 93, Wiscon 37

Posted on 29 May 2013

This past Memorial Day weekend I attended my second Wiscon Feminist Science Fiction in Madison, Wisconsin. Last year was my first Wiscon. It was like a rambling carnival of conversation, literature, sharing, and mental expansion. This year I had the added excitement of being the Tiptree winner. (I was looking forward to meeting my co-winner… »

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Vol. 92, Embodiment

Posted on 30 April 2013

I’ve been thinking a lot about embodiment. About how dipping deeper into your inspirations and instincts can be the antidote to artistic paralysis and confusion. This past month, I had the opportunity to see a few live performances that pushed me to further meditate on how full immersion strengthens your art.   One of the… »

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Vol. 91, The Wisdom of the Ages

Posted on 28 March 2013

In many artist circles we are obsessively focused on talent. Who is more talented than who. What less talented artist achieved more fame and notoriety than another more talented artist. Becoming older, I realize the importance of other factors. Hard work is an easy one, but a commitment to completion, a willingness to put your… »

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Vol. 90, Reconciling Fantasy With Reality

Posted on 12 March 2013

These are exciting times. I’m writing a novel. I’m not “working” on a novel, I’m not “restructuring” my novel. I’m not doing some interminably long project, I’m writing a novel. I’ve always deeply felt the limitations to me writing a novel. All of these limitations were real, but underneath my issues was a willingness to… »

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Vol. 89, Secrets to Continuing On

Posted on 6 March 2013

Award Announcement I few days ago, I received the wonderful news that Ancient, Ancient won the 2013 James Tiptree, Jr. award: www.tiptree.org. Part of the prize is all-expenses paid to attend Wiscon, the feminist science fiction conference I went to last year. Last year another Aqueduct author, Andrea Hairston, was the winner of the Tiptree…. »

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Vol. 88, The Rippling Effect of Art

Posted on 27 February 2013

I think as artists, sometimes in our more bitter moments, we might think, what are we getting out of this? If we aren’t get money, fame or attention, we think, what’s the point? But art doesn’t work like that. Art is not linear; it doesn’t have a straight line of cause and effect. It ripples… »

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Vol. 87, Unearthing Hidden Gems

Posted on 9 February 2013

I am a reader who reads across genres and I write across genres too. Now that I have debuted with a book of speculative stories, I have been wrestling with what to do next. This wrestling is not just being done on a logistical level but on a psycho-emotional level as well. Having created a… »

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Vol. 86, Conversations With the Muse

Posted on 24 November 2012

The week of the hurricane brought me an unplanned week off during which I worked steadily on a painting that I was doing for an upcoming auction. I didn’t recognize it as a rich opportunity to write until four or five days had passed. At which point, the muse tapped me on the shoulder. The… »

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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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