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  • Excerpt from How Dare We! Write

    Date: 2017.03.23 | Category: How Dare We! Write a multicultural creative writing discourse | Response: 0

    “I would add that many programs do not even offer courses dealing
    with race and writing as an elective. I didn’t know such a thing existed.
    Over the duration of my program, my writing became less race conscious
    instead of more. Sure everything thing I do and say leaves the
    mark of blackness behind. However, instead of drawing a circle around
    the mark, expanding it, aiming the camera directly at it, I placed
    translucent covering over it, not completely hiding race, but placing it
    in the background. Without knowing it, I was learning to write like a
    white woman because I must have believed that they knew what they
    were doing. They were award-winning authors. They were where I
    wanted to be. They were my teachers.”–Sherrie Fernandez-Williams, How Dare We! Write

  • Excerpt from How Dare We! Write

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

    “You start to find your body again. Notice your feet on the ground.
    Walk barefoot in the grass and scrunch your toes into the cold soil.
    You eat full meals sitting down without your computer on or a chapter
    in front of you to edit. You watch movies at the two-dollar theater,
    attend Lynx games, play soccer, and work out with friends. When
    people talk you actually listen to them. Your mind does not keep the
    running list of the next project, the email that wasn’t sent, the citation
    that needs to be added to the footnote on page forty-three. You start to
    recover. Even your breath is different. Lungs expand more. Instead of
    short shallow breaths, air now moves from your core. It’s not about
    anxiety, you realize. It’s the weight of centuries, of doubt, of other
    people’s stories. If you do the work, write, most importantly listen to
    your research participants, to your family, your breath comes more
    easily.”–Jessica Lopez Lyman, How Dare We! Write

  • How Dare We! Write: a multicultural creative writing discourse (Modern History Press, May 2017).

    Date: 2017.03.23 | Category: How Dare We! Write a multicultural creative writing discourse, Writers Who Dare | Response: 0


    How Dare We! Write: a multicultural creative writing discourse (Modern History Press, May 2017). Sherry Quan Lee, editor.

    Poet and editor Sherry Quan Lee challenged 24 multicultural writers to respond to the question, “How dare we write?” The resulting personal narratives and examinations of craft reveal how and why we write, uncovering the challenges—linked to culture, race, class, religion, gender and/or sexuality; and the intersections among these factors—presented to us by the very structures and institutions of U.S. society, which create the always pressurized and often toxic environment in which we write. Mainstream teachers and publishers may not recognize or understand these narratives, their forms and voices, as valid or worthy, but they must work to do so in order to provide multicultural writers with constructive feedback and a path toward publication. This book will centrally be of use to writers who experience the same kinds of challenges, but also to those teachers and publishers opening up their work to diverse communities of writers and readers.

    Each narrative in How Dare We! Write (ISBN 978-1-61599-330-7) includes a creative writing exercise, which may be used as a personal or group writing prompt, or the framework for college, high school, or community writing workshops.

    Cherise A. Pollard, PhD, Professor of English at West Chester University extols: “How Dare We! Write offers a much needed corrective to creative writing pedagogy. The collection asks us to consider the following questions: what does it mean for an indigenous, or black, or Latinx, or Asian, or Middle Eastern, or LGBTQIA+ (or a combination of these identities) American to become a writer? …What does it mean to work through resistance from supposed mentors, to face rejection from publishers and classmates, to stand against traditions that silence you, to stand in your truth about your identity so that you can claim, fearlessly, your history, your trauma, your joy…”

    Contributors include: Gabriella Anais Deal-Marquez, Marcie Rendon, Marlina Gonzalez, Michael Kleber-Diggs, Lori Young-Williams, Jessica Lopez Lyman, Luis M Lopez, Sagirah Shahid, Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay, Tou SaiKo Lee, Anya Achtenberg, Ginny Allery, Wesley Brown, Kandace Creel Falcón, Olive Lefferson, Christine Stark, Isela Gomez, Bell Brown, Brenda, William S. Yellow Robe, Jr, Ching-In Chen, Sweta Vikram, Hei Kyong Kim, Sherrie Fernandez-Williams, and Taiyon Coleman.

    Sherry Quan Lee is a writer, teacher, literary editor, and mentor. Love Imagined: a mixed race memoir was a 2015 Minnesota Book Award Finalist. She has also authored two books of poetry: Chinese Blackbird, and How to Write a Suicide Note: serial essays that saved a woman’s life.

    For more information, contact:

    Victor Volkman, Publisher

    Modern History Press,

    5145 Pontiac Trail
    Ann Arbor, MI 48105-9627
    Toll Free USA/Canada: (888)761-6268

  • Friend or Unfriend

    Date: 2017.01.31 | Category: GIFTS OF RESISTANCE 2017: creative writing | Response: 0


    I recoil every time a conservative FB friend posts something I vehemently disagree with.  I know I am not the only non conservative who has a handful of conservative friends, but I’m wondering, in this toxic national environment do we/do you “unfriend” them (whether they are on FB or not)?

    I listen to a meditation tape that asserts there is no good or bad energy—only too much energy.  I’m not sure if I believe energy is neutral; but, I do know that people whose values I don’t agree with zap my emotional energy.

    Yet, if we ostracize everyone we don’t agree with, doesn’t that leave no room for communication?  My conservative friends are, for the most part, kind, generous, and fun.  But, politically I feel I am being hypocritical if I don’t speak up, but mostly I don’t.

    I refuse to dialogue on FB with my conservative friends when they post their conservative views because too often I notice people who do so are bombarded with malicious, unintelligible replies.  I notice they also don’t respond to my liberal posts (which until recently were very limited).

    In person, I do ask questions or comment, but usually it becomes light banter between us, neither person willing to push their views.

    I admit I have family members and a few former friends who I have had confrontations with, and now we no longer speak to each other.  I admit, also, these confrontations have felt shaming, and because I am now, after years of therapy and bad relationships (not just intimate ones) aware of shaming and run from anyone I feel is shaming me, as fast as I can.

    Someone once told me there are people who we need out of our lives for our own health and sanity [I add, no matter how much we might love them], and the only thing we can do is pray for them/pray for each other.

    Truly, I do not know what my conservative friends think of my liberal/progressive, feminist views or if they read my political FB posts, but they, like me, don’t respond to anything political-just cute cat and dog videos (which is good, we all need comic relief sometimes).

    I am a mixed-race, feminist, baby boomer, recovering Christian, liberal/progressive (pro choice, pro immigration etc.) citizen who believes in unconditional love, but I am furious that my few (conservative/white) friends (especially the women) voted for Trump, or didn’t vote at all, and they can’t understand their action/inaction was a vote against their daughters, granddaughters, LGBT friends, non Christian friends, economically poor friends-was a vote against me (and, in my opinion, was a vote against themselves) .

    Now is not the time to agree to disagree!  As the saying goes, if we are not part of the solution we are part of the problem.  However, the problem is who defines the problem and who defines the solution.

    Trump is not my president.


    ©Sherry Quan Lee

    January 31, 2017

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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