• Acclaim for How Dare We! Write—Maria Damon, Pratt Institute of Art, co-editor of Poetry and Cultural Studies: A Reader

    Date: 2017.05.07 | Category: How Dare We! Write a multicultural creative writing discourse | Tags:

    So-called “creative writing” classes are highly politicized spaces, but
    no one says so; to acknowledge this obvious fact would be to up-end
    the aesthetics, cultural politics (ideology) and economics on which
    most educational institutions are founded. How Dare We! Write, a
    brilliant interventive anthology of essays, breaks this silence. This so necessary
    book takes “finding your voice” to a whole new level,
    redeeming the privileged individualism of that cliché by documenting
    the powerful experiential writing of those writers of color who dare to
    acknowledge that, in the words of contributor Wesley Brown, “the
    most valuable stories are those which we would prefer not to hear.” To
    paraphrase another contributor, here is marvelous, energetic proof of
    “writing [as] a form of social justice.”
    —Maria Damon, Pratt Institute of Art,
    co-editor of Poetry and Cultural Studies: A Reader