10 Poems about Resistance, Resilience, and Reconciliation by Queer Women of Color

I guess this is the part where I talk about the importance of poetry in relation to resistance, resilience, and reconciliation, right? But I don’t want to. I’m tired of explaining myself. I’m tired of giving resources to white people so they can “understand” racism, white privilege, and why saying, “Black Lives Matter,” doesn’t mean … More 10 Poems about Resistance, Resilience, and Reconciliation by Queer Women of Color

No One In My Family Celebrates: A Review on Look by Solmaz Sharif

Solmaz Sherif’s debut book, Look (Graywolf Press, 2016), interrogates the power structures of language and war; confronting political and social systems, as well as how these systems are deconstructed and used to demean one’s self-expression, identity, and behavior. Look strips away meaning and redefines military-esque language in order to extend our own ideologies circling the … More No One In My Family Celebrates: A Review on Look by Solmaz Sharif

Falling Through the Silence: A Review on Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong

“In the body, where everything has a price,                 I was a beggar. On my knees, I watched, through the keyhole, not                 the man showering, but the rain falling through him: guitar strings snapping                 over his globed shoulders.” – Ocean Vuong, “Threshold”   When thinking about Night Sky with Exit Wounds (Copper Canyon … More Falling Through the Silence: A Review on Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong

Dear Columbia: Dear Columbia, I Am Not Unknowable by Vanessa Borjon

Since being asked to reflect on Columbia’s lack of diversity, I have sat down multiple times to recall my own experiences being the only queer Latinx during my run in the poetry department, much less in much of the department’s history, but did not feel like any of the beginnings I came up with created an … More Dear Columbia: Dear Columbia, I Am Not Unknowable by Vanessa Borjon