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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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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. 79, Fighting the Regularity of Normalcy

Posted on 9 June 2012

The last time I remember reading my work was four years ago at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. This weekend at the Wiscon feminist speculative fiction conference, I read two stories and spoke on a panel. It felt wonderful to be embodying my writing self again. I came to Wiscon Feminist Speculative Fiction Conference because… »

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Vol. 78, Submit to Your Art

Posted on 26 May 2012

“Submit to your Art. Yield to your Art and what it calls for and requires. Your Art should not be something disconnected and separate from you. It shouldn’t pull you around by the nose like some frightened traveler journeying through unknown places. If you’re committed to creating Art for as long as you can possibly… »

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Vol. 77, What Am I Writing?

Posted on 22 April 2012

The blinders we operate with in life are also present in our artwork. One of my favorite quotes is “When the matter is ready, the form will come.” It is maddening of course, if the form you are trying to create—a movie, a play, a novel, a relationship, a housing situation, a lifestyle—does not come… »

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Vol. 76, Everything Must Change

Posted on 17 December 2011

Everything must change Nothing stays the same Everyone must change No one stays the same The young become the old And mysteries do unfold ’Cause that’s the way of time Nothing and no one goes unchanged This final post is a long time coming. I’ve tried to write it for the past two years and… »

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Vol. 75, Be a Willing Participant

Posted on 15 January 2011

On a plane trip from one coast to another this summer, I watched a string of VH1’s Behind the Music mini-documentaries. I learned about Lil Wayne, DMX, and 50 Cent. I was fascinated to see how these men navigated the hands they were dealt in life and made choices for their artistry and their lifestyles…. »

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