Inventing (the) English: Racism, Multilingualism and Medieval Studies
“The medieval past is being weaponised by a group of people who would be disgusted by the reality of the racial past they so fondly imagine.” Rachel Moss on the alt-right’s fascination with (and distortion of) medieval history.
Poets on Borders: Perspectives at Poetry International
Poets from around the world share their perspectives on borders.
“What If People Could Tell Their Own Stories?”
“Stories,” writes Lisa Katayama, “help us make sense of our world.”
At Cuba Counterpoints, writers and scholars look at the culture and politics of a rapidly changing, increasingly open Cuba.
Poets and Borders
What does it mean to live on or cross the border? What does it mean to be a citizen? Are there borders beyond those that are geographic? At Poetry International, a magazine at San Diego State University, poets from around the world share their thoughts on borders.
“Names Have Power”: Five Essays on Names and Identity
Five essays on names and identity.
How to Disappear
For Alex DiFrancesco, coming out as transgender — even to themself — wasn’t possible without first disappearing.
“Names have power.”
Jena Barchas-Lichtenstein, a writer and linguistic anthropologist, reflects on the power of names to shape our identity — and to highlight both privilege and discrimination.
Dimple Be Gone
“How fragile is my character if changing my appearance would really threaten it?” Blogger Jess reflects on the tensions between her changing body and her life-long identity as a “big girl.”
Dear Adoption, I Just Want to be Heard
“I can be happy with the life I’ve been given and mourn the life that was taken away.” At Dear Adoption, a South Korean adoptee blogs anonymously about the need to explore their heritage.
“We see this all the time in ‘allies’ in Indian Country — folks who may have entered into communities or organizing in a good way, but then take the label of ally as a check mark, rather than something they have to continually work at.”
Barbara Jane Reyes
“I believe when a Pinay writes, and she is the subject of her own narratives, then she is subverting those master narratives which have figured her as a voiceless and passive object.” Filipina author, poet, and professor Barbara Jane Reyes blogs about literature, poetry, politics, and more.
If the Loneliness Comes, Beep Me
Brian Burns on identity, queerness, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer: “Buffy didn’t necessarily make me into who I am but it did allow me to be who I was.”
10 Reasons Why Joseph Boyden is a Problem and Should Go Away
Not Your Average Indian suggests that you should bypass Joseph Boyden for deserving Indigenous authors.
“It did not slap you in the face- the stinging pain lasted longer than that. Instead,
it devoured your being, your soul, and parts of you that had no identity-”
Kolkata, India-based writer and poet Hena Sarkar pens a poem about growing up.