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...
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...
Ursula Le Guin

Ursula Le Guin

Posted on the day Ursula Le Guin died October 21, 1929 – January 22, 2018 I’m saddened to hear of the passing of Ursula Le Guin. In honor of her legacy, here’s an excerpt from acceptance speech when she received the National Book Foundation’s Medal...