• FROM LOVE IMAGINED TO THE POSSIBILITY OF LOVE

    Date: 2020.12.17 | Category: Septuagenarian | Response: 0

    From Love Imagined to the possibility of Love-Septuagenarian: love is what happens when I die.

     

    If you’re not familiar with the writer I am, here’s a brief bio:

     

    I started writing in 2nd grade, but began a serious writing career in my early 30’s when I realized there were no books about a mixed-race person growing up passing for white—so I had to write it.  It took me 20 years to earn an undergraduate degree, which I focused on writing and multi-cultural studies.  Ten years later I entered an MFA program focusing on creative non-fiction and poetry. Since, I have taught creative writing at Metro State University; and, written several books.

     

    Three years ago I began writing a book of poems, Oh So Wild Oh So Beautiful.  Two years ago the book became a book of prose.  Last year the book, a memoir, returned to poetry with a new title, Septuagenarian: love is what happens when I die; and, this year, December 2020, the final manuscript was submitted and will be published March 2021.

     

    2020 was a difficult year for so many for so many reasons.  I had to remind myself that not everyone can be out in the streets protesting, but there is something we can all do to fight injustice.  I had to remind myself I am a writer and I can write.  And that’s what I did.  I wrote poems for an online anthology, A Moment of Silence.  I wrote an endorsement for a Minnesota Senate hopeful.  And, deep reflection went into my memoir which included the letting go of shame, the ability to forgive, and the acceptance that survival is a commendable act of resistance.  Septuagenarian also was the response to Love Imagined: a mixed-race memoirSeptuagenarian is the possibility of love; yes, even at the age of 72.

  • A MOMENT OF SILENCE an online anthology

    Date: 2020.07.27 | Category: Online Anthologies, Poetry | Response: 0

    SAY HIS NAME–GEORGE FLOYD

    Visit the following link for “A Moment of Silence”/online anthology –edited by Shá Cage

    https://blackmnvoices.com/

    “Daily our existence as Black bodies in white space is threatened. Yet, daily we lift up our joy, our truths, and our voices as an act of resistance! I invite community to pause and bear witness to what some of the leading Black voices of our time are saying/ feeling/ and existing at this moment of deep historical transformation.”

    For George Perry Floyd
    For Breonna Taylor
    For Philando Castile
    For Jamar Clark
    For Christopher Burns

    For Those lost to Covid-19

    Edited by Shá Cage

     

     

  • Daring to Nurture Untold Stories interview by Anne Winkler-Morey

    Date: 2019.12.07 | Category: Interviews, Reading Events and Other News | Response: 0

    http://turtleroad.org/2019/10/03/sherry-quan-lee-daring-to-nurture-untold-stories/

    click on link for complete interview

    “Essential Mentors, Organizations and Grassroots publications

    There were so few mentors for writers of color in the Twin Cities back then. I was fortunate to meet Carolyn Holbrook andDavid Mura.

    Carolyn had created SASE the Write Place to address the fact that The Loft— where she was the Director for five years– was not diverse at that time. People of color needed a place to write, read, and publish their work.  SASE had readings almost every night at places all over the Twin Cities. I curated events at Black Bear Crossing and Patrick’s Cabaret. The curators would choose people in the neighborhood to read. They would get paid $25 a night, which was unheard of–for writers to get paid to read their work. In 2006, SASE merged with Intermedia Arts, which worked for a time, until they decided to drop it. Now Intermedia Arts is gone too.

    Carolyn was deeply committed to mentoring, and her influence was far reaching. I thanked her recently for including my work when she edited the Drum Voices Review in 2000. She reminded me that I nominated her for the Kay Sexton Award, and she became the first person of color to win that award. Mentorship moves back and forth.

    David Mura introduced me to the Asian American Renaissance, a grassroots pan-Asian Arts movement in the mid 1990s. AAR was an umbrella for Asian artists and arts organizations. It was a revelation for me, to connect with the vast world of Asian diaspora and dancers, performers, painters, as well as writers.”

     

  • AND YOU CAN LOVE ME my experience writing a children’s book (2)

    Date: 2019.09.22 | Category: And You Can Love Me a book for everyone who loves someone with ASD | Response: 0

    And You Can Love Me a story for everyone who loves someone with ASD

    the process of getting this picture book published

     

    Having received positive feedback at the picture book workshop facilitated by Alison McGhee, I pondered what next.  Alison helped me to wordsmith Ethan’s story, and then suggested we send it to her agent.  Seriously, I’ve never had an agent or even thought about getting one.  I was introduced to LHP by a friend, and I’ve been loyal to Victor Volkman and LHP ever since.

    I agreed, however, to have Alison McGhee send And You Can Love Me to her agent.  The agent, however, had concerns about “political correctness” and that was that.  But I believed in Ethan’s story-it was his story, although fictionalized.  I took the agent’s concerns into consideration and asked others, with experience and knowledge relevant to the story and the responses were overwhelmingly positive and supportive of the diversity of opinions within the autism  community.

    I, again, professed loyalty to LHP and submitted Ethan’s story to the indie publisher.  The response was “yes”-yet, with an indie publisher I needed to take responsibility for the art whether paying an artist or finding someone to participate by accepting a share of the royalties.  Eventually, the granddaughter of a high school friend, agreed and we set out on a multi generational journey, which also, eventually, included a woman whose age was between the artist and the writer, to hand letter the story.  We were, all three of us, newbies to the world of picture book publication.  Thank goodness, LHP has a history of picture book publications, and Victor was supportive and patient as we created a manuscript print ready.

     

    Reviews are slowly appearing on Amazon and Goodreads (see below) , but the review that meant the most to me was the simple note my grandson’s public school teacher sent home with him:

    “Thanks for the book!  It was great.  We read it in class & Ethan was smiling the whole time.  Such a great book.”

     

    https://www.amazon.com/You-Can-Love-Me-everyone-ebook/product-reviews/B07QYGXGK2/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_show_all_top?ie=UTF8&reviewerType=all_reviews

     

    http://kerrymagro.com/blo

Artist Statement

Sherry Quan Lee approaches writing as a community resource and as culturally based art of an ordinary everyday practical aesthetic. Lee is a Community Instructor at Metropolitan State University (Intro to Creative Writing, Advanced Creative Writing), and has taught at Intermedia Arts, and the Loft Literary Center. She is the author of A Little Mixed Up, Guild Press, 1982 (second printing), Chinese Blackbird, a memoir in verse, published 2002 by the Asian American Renaissance, republished 2008 by Loving Healing Press, and How to Write a Suicide Note: serial essays that saved a woman’s life, Loving Healing Press, 2008.

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