Poem: won’t you celebrate with me

Poem: won’t you celebrate with me

Black History Month: February won’t you celebrate with me Lucille Clifton, 1936 – 2010 won’t you celebrate with me what i have shaped into a kind of life? i had no model. born in babylon both nonwhite and woman what did i see to be except myself? i made it up...
Bookstores: Powell’s in Portland

Bookstores: Powell’s in Portland

Read at Powell’s City of Books In 1990, I was new to the Pacific Northwest. Even in the hinterlands of Spokane though, where I was an undergraduate, rumors of a city of books had filtered out. So on the first Oregon roadtrip with my then-girlfriend, we stopped...
On Writing: Becoming a Deeper Reader

On Writing: Becoming a Deeper Reader

A reader on the crowd-sourcing platform Quora asked a question about how to deepen their reading practices and read beyond just mere plot. Here’s a post I made in reply that provided some hints and strategies for deepening one’s reading practice and...
Bookstores: Auntie’s Books

Bookstores: Auntie’s Books

— Read my books at Auntie’s — I moved from California to the wilds of Spokane Washington for my undergraduate degree. Honestly, I think it was the farthest I could get from home and still remain in the same time zone. It was my first time living away...
Poem: Middle Passage

Poem: Middle Passage

Black History Month: February  Middle Passage Robert Hayden   I Jesús, Estrella, Esperanza, Mercy: Sails flashing to the wind like weapons, sharks following the moans the fever and the dying; horror the corposant and compass rose. Middle Passage: voyage through death...
Poem: Phenomenal Woman

Poem: Phenomenal Woman

Black History Month: February Phenomenal Woman Maya Angelou Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size But when I start to tell them, They think I’m telling lies. I say, It’s in the reach of...