I didn't have access to or knowledge about the Riot Grrls when I was a teenager. I missed it all, instead just having Courtney Love and Hole, which you can pry out of my cold, dead hands, regardless of the ass Love can be. A couple years ago, I watched The Punk Singer on Netflix, … Continue reading Recommended Viewing: The Punk Singer: “All girls to the front. I’m not kidding. All girls to the front! All boys be cool for once in your lives. Go back. Back. Back. Back.”
I saw Danez Smith perform Waiting On You To Die So I Can Be Myself on facebook, and that sealed it: I requested off work so I could go to their reading at the Northfield Public Library last night. I'd seen and read a few other poems that also resonated with me, and I went … Continue reading Recommended Reading: Don’t Call Us Dead by Danez Smith
Janelle Monáe. Janelle Monáe. Janelle Monáe! I'm all about PROJECT Q.U.E.E.N. Janelle Monáe is the hera I've needed my whole life. The songs and videos exist to be read. She speaks up and out, for all of us. I love her so much. I like this list of her videos on youtube. And yes, "Make … Continue reading Recommended Listening/Viewing/Reading: Janelle Monáe is EVERYTHING
My very dear friend Linne needs to raise money to rebuild her home after a fire since her insurance company both won't cover everything and won't cover anything if she can't cover the gap soon. It's all turned into a nightmare. Linne has always graciously and with love provided her space and time for all … Continue reading It Takes a (Global) Village: My Friend Needs Help!
Just look at that cover! Two years ago, I started searching harder for books I knew must exist, but that I hadn't been told to read. Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor did exactly what I was craving at the time: put humans and the rest of nature on equal footing. I cried reading the first chapters; … Continue reading Recommended Reading: Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor
So what if all the unspoken rules and expectations for women under patriarchy were instead codified into law? That's the world Johanna Sinisalo imagined in The Core of the Sun, and I was completely blown away by this novel. I felt like it described exactly the world I was born into and must navigate. I … Continue reading Recommended Reading: The Core of the Sun by Johanna Sinisalo
Liberation never comes from oppressing someone else, and this anthology has everything you need to really get started learning about the lives and realities of others and thinking about how to make the world a better place for all of us. When I finally picked up This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women … Continue reading Recommended Reading: This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color
I have a love love love love love relationship with Paper Darts. I love the art and prose they publish and their awesome website and awesome print issues, and they love my prose (yes, each of those "loves" was a link to a different piece of mine). Volume 7 has one of my newest stories … Continue reading New Story in Paper Darts Volume 7. Pre-order now!
I'm usually late to the party on new books, but hey, Kingdom of Women by Rosalie Morales Kearns just came out a few months ago, so you can read it and be fashionably late to the party, and what a party it is! People are HUNGRY for this novel, some of us were starving for … Continue reading Recommended Reading: Kingdom of Women by Rosalie Morales Kearns
I want to take a moment to express my extreme gratitude to and for everybody who works to make the world a better place, in all the different, vital ways people contribute and give back and help and heal. I SEE YOU, and I LOVE YOU. The majority of people I know are working … Continue reading Thank You: Warriors, Healers, Peace-Makers, Growers, Educators, Sharers, Builders, Artists, etc