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  • 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.

  • Three Writers Who Dare! How Dare We! Write a multicultural creative writing discourse)

    Date: 2017.06.19 | Category: How Dare We! Write a multicultural creative writing discourse, Writers Who Dare | Response: 2

    “Sagirah Shahid is a Minneapolis, Minnesota based poet. Known for her dynamic storytelling abilities, her writing often reflects upon her upbringing as an African American Muslim woman. She has received awards for her writing from the Jerome Foundation, the Loft Literary Center, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and the National Endowment for the Arts.”   https://sagirahshahid.com/

    Follow Sagirah on twitter @SagirahS

     

     

    SAYMOUKDA DUANGPHOUXAY VONGSAY

    https://www.saymoukdatherefugenius.com/welcome

    https://www.saymoukdatherefugenius.com/pics-and-vids

    William S. Yellowrobe, Jr.

    https://www.arts.gov/art-works/2014/art-talk-william-s-yellow-robe-jr http://www.amerinda.org/naar/yellowrobe/playwright/playwright.htm

    http://kfai.org/news/2016/04/54675

  • 6/6/2017 Play For Me

    Date: 2017.06.13 | Category: How Dare We! Write a multicultural creative writing discourse, Writers Who Dare | Response: 0

    Brenda Bell Brown, host of KFAI “Play for Me” and contributor to How Dare We! Write a multicultural creative writing discourse, presents Writers Who Dare as they celebrate the book’s publication.

    Take a listen!

    http://kfai.org/play-for-me/playlists/20170606

  • Excerpt from How Dare We! Write

    Date: 2017.03.23 | Category: Writers Who Dare | Response: 0

    “The tinikling offers a visual explanation of how bilingual writing
    works. Like the agile dancing feet of a tinikling dancer, a bilingual
    writer’s mind is connected to her feet at all times, transferring and
    translating the beat of clapping bamboos from a hearing experience to
    a whole body experience. Living in a predominantly English-speaking
    culture means you cannot stop to think or even attempt to explain
    your actions and your meanings, or you will lose track of the dominant
    beat and find yourself caught in the thorns of misunderstanding. I can’t
    help but relate this to the spate of recent attacks on black bodies we
    have witnessed. There is never time to explain your black skin or your
    brown skin to someone intent on eradicating your black or brown
    body because he or she feels threatened by the mere sight of you. You
    have to keep dancing between the clapping bamboos of race
    perception. Those who tried, hands up or not, have ended in tragedy.
    Is this a far-fetched metaphor? If it is to you, you’ve never had to
    dance/write between bamboos.”–Marlina Gonzalez, How Dare We! Write

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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