Silver Sparrow

The on the go home of Tayari Jones

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Pubs today: A provocative meditation on race, Claudia Rankine’s long-awaited follow up to her groundbreaking book Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric

Claudia Rankine’s bold new book recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first-century daily life and in the media. Some of these encounters are slights, seeming slips of the tongue, and some are intentional offensives in the classroom, at the supermarket, at home, on the tennis court with Serena Williams and the soccer field with Zinedine Zidane, online, on TV—everywhere, all the time. The accumulative stresses come to bear on a person’s ability to speak, perform, and stay alive. Our addressability is tied to the state of our belonging, Rankine argues, as are our assumptions and expectations of citizenship. In essay, image, and poetry, Citizen is a powerful testament to the individual and collective effects of racism in our contemporary, often named “post-race” society.

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didierleclair:

Your lips are like a southern lily red, Wet with the soft rain-kisses of the night, In which the brown bee buries deep its head, When still the dawn’s a silver sea of light. (…)
CLAUDE MCKAY, A Red Flower

didierleclair:

Your lips are like a southern lily red, 
Wet with the soft rain-kisses of the night, 
In which the brown bee buries deep its head, 
When still the dawn’s a silver sea of light. (…)

CLAUDE MCKAY, A Red Flower

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“Land of Love and Drowning is a marvel—epic and sweeping, yet intimate as a secret. It’s a tour de force combining naturalism and lyricism, myth and history. This is a story that feels ancient and modern at the same time. Tiphanie Yanique is a prodigiously talented new writer with a sharp voice, wicked humor, and compassion beyond measure.”
—Tayari Jones, author of Silver Sparrow

Land of Love and Drowning is a marvel—epic and sweeping, yet intimate as a secret. It’s a tour de force combining naturalism and lyricism, myth and history. This is a story that feels ancient and modern at the same time. Tiphanie Yanique is a prodigiously talented new writer with a sharp voice, wicked humor, and compassion beyond measure.”

—Tayari Jones, author of Silver Sparrow

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Look at all these fellowship opportunities to attend the A Room Of Her Own Retreat in New Mexico next summer!  (Click the tab that says FELLOWSHIPS)
*9 3/4 Fellowship: For a single mother whose passion for her children requires precious time away from her devotion to writing
*Agua Viva Fellowship: For a gifted and bold woman writer in recovery from alcohol and/or chemical dependency
*Blackbird Fellowship: For a woman who’s ready to soar
*Beyond the Pink Ribbon: Breast Cancer Survivor Fellowship
*Courage Fellowship: For survivors of domestic violence &/or sexual assault
*Creative Woman Fellowship
*Edna Payne Clarke Fellowship: For an African American Woman/Woman of the African Diaspora
*Enchanted Land Fellowship: For a woman from anywhere in the US, writing in any genre, of Hispanic/Latina or Native American descent
*Kenny Fries Fellowship for a Disabled Woman Writer
*American Dream Fellowship: for a New American Woman Writer
*LAM Fellowship: for a woman writer from Louisiana, Alabama, or Mississippi
*The Laura Award:  For a transgender woman, or a woman whose writing illuminates transgender issues
*Marg Chandler Memorial Fellowship:  For an applicant who was a past participant in an AROHO Retreat
*New Mexico Women Writers Fellowship: For a writer who has a deep connection to the state
*Orlando Fellowship: For a woman writer from the LGBT community, especially one whose work addresses themes and experiences relevant to that community
*Spirited Woman Foundation Fellowship (waived registration only): honoring an everywoman visionary who is changing the world one spirited woman step at a time
*Tillie Olsen Fellowship: For a writing mother of young children
*Touching Lives Fellowship: For a public school teacher who nurtures her students in their writing and needs time and space to work on her own
*Wings of Widowhood Fellowship: For a widowed woman writer who is ready to take flight
*Wise Woman Fellowship: For a woman writer over 60

Look at all these fellowship opportunities to attend the A Room Of Her Own Retreat in New Mexico next summer!  (Click the tab that says FELLOWSHIPS)

*9 3/4 Fellowship: For a single mother whose passion for her children requires precious time away from her devotion to writing

*Agua Viva Fellowship: For a gifted and bold woman writer in recovery from alcohol and/or chemical dependency

*Blackbird Fellowship: For a woman who’s ready to soar

*Beyond the Pink Ribbon: Breast Cancer Survivor Fellowship

*Courage Fellowship: For survivors of domestic violence &/or sexual assault

*Creative Woman Fellowship

*Edna Payne Clarke Fellowship: For an African American Woman/Woman of the African Diaspora

*Enchanted Land Fellowship: For a woman from anywhere in the US, writing in any genre, of Hispanic/Latina or Native American descent

*Kenny Fries Fellowship for a Disabled Woman Writer

*American Dream Fellowship: for a New American Woman Writer

*LAM Fellowship: for a woman writer from Louisiana, Alabama, or Mississippi

*The Laura Award:  For a transgender woman, or a woman whose writing illuminates transgender issues

*Marg Chandler Memorial Fellowship:  For an applicant who was a past participant in an AROHO Retreat

*New Mexico Women Writers Fellowship: For a writer who has a deep connection to the state

*Orlando Fellowship: For a woman writer from the LGBT community, especially one whose work addresses themes and experiences relevant to that community

*Spirited Woman Foundation Fellowship (waived registration only): honoring an everywoman visionary who is changing the world one spirited woman step at a time

*Tillie Olsen Fellowship: For a writing mother of young children

*Touching Lives Fellowship: For a public school teacher who nurtures her students in their writing and needs time and space to work on her own

*Wings of Widowhood Fellowship: For a widowed woman writer who is ready to take flight

*Wise Woman Fellowship: For a woman writer over 60