Class The Loft Presents If: Speculative Fiction: Making the Future Irresistible Harmony Neal We'll read speculative fiction stories from A People's Future of the United States, including authors A. Merc Rustad, Lizz Huerta, Charles Yu, and Tananarive Due. We'll draft similar stories of our own. The editors :asked for narratives that would challenge oppressive American … Continue reading Teaching at The Loft Starting Tuesday
Sometimes you read ideas that change how you see everything. It's like another veil of lies has been lifted, and you see the world and yourself a little more clearly than you had moments before. Reading Sonya Renee Taylor's The Body is Not An Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love was an on-going AHA moment … Continue reading Recommended Reading: The Body Is Not An Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love by Sonya Renee Taylor
Friends, it's been too long since I've posted! In Minnesota, winter lasts from October-April, so my apologies! I've been reading a lot and have so much to share! Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds by adrienne maree brown! Get it! Read it! Live it! I've been heavily invested in new, liberation models for storytelling, and … Continue reading Recommended Reading: Emergent Strategy by adrienne maree brown
I first met Shannon Gibney this summer when I took my sibling to Shannon's talk about representation in stories. Due to the other people present, it wasn't quite what was expected, but Shannon was wonderful and we got copies of See No Color and A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota, which I … Continue reading Recommended Reading: Dream Country by Shannon Gibney
If you live in Minnesota, you need to read A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota Edited by Sun Yung Shin. If you don't live in Minnesota, you still need to read it. It's way past time people started listening to OTHER PEOPLE DESCRIBE THEMSELVES. This country has gone on too long letting … Continue reading Recommended Reading: A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota
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!
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!