American Tensions: Literature Of Identity And The Search For Social Justice by William ReichardAmerican Tensions: Literature Of Identity And The Search For Social Justice by William Reichard

American Tensions: Literature Of Identity And The Search For Social Justice

EditorWilliam ReichardForeword byTed Kooser

Paperback | May 6, 2011

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This stunning anthology features literary artists in America's social justice arena from 1980 on. Selected fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction challenge the myth of a classless democracy, redefine the family, deconstruct American notions of race and patriotism, and track the growth of environmental awareness within the American psyche. The collection draws connections among groups traditionally siloed by race, gender, class, or sexuality.Authors include Jonis Agee, Elizabeth Alexander, Sherman J. Alexie, Dorothy Allison, Marvin Bell, Barrie Jean Borich, Nickole Brown, Philip Bryant, James Cihlar, Alison Deming, Anthony Doerr, Mark Doty, Heid Erdrich, Louise Erdrich, B.H. Fairchild, Nick Flynn, Kenny Fries, Eric Gansworth, Ray Gonzalez, J.C. Hallman, Patricia Hampl, Greg Hewett, Scott Hightower, Tony Hoagland, Linda Hogan, Javier O. Huerta, Deborah Keenan, Yusef Komunyakaa, Ed Bok Lee, Bobbie Ann Mason, Bill McKibben, Donald Morrill, David Mura, Kristin Naca, Mark Nowak, D.A. Powell, Hilda Raz, Adrienne Rich, Scott Russell Sanders, Patricia Smith, Brian Turner, Emily C. Watson, Diane Wilson.
William Reichard is the author of four collections of poetry: Sin Eater (Mid-List Press, 2010); This Brightness (Mid-List Press, 2007);How To (Mid-List Press, 2004), a finalist for the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets; andAn Alchemy in the Bones (New Rivers Press, 1999), which won a MN Voices Prize. Poems fromThi...
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Title:American Tensions: Literature Of Identity And The Search For Social JusticeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.25 × 6 × 0.78 inPublished:May 6, 2011Publisher:New Village PressLanguage:English

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Expert Reviews of American TensionsAs a playlist captures the complex and sometimes competing forces within a relationship, revealing much about the essential interplay between composer and audience, so too does American Tensions provide a timely snapshot of our nation's post-identity literary landscape and the real uses and purposes we make out of writing and reading." - Sam Woodworth,Fogged Clarity: An Arts Review"The melting pot isn't an easy blend, as the boiling nature within it can prove quite nasty. "American Tensions: Literature of Identity and the Search for Social Justice" is a collection of fiction, poetry, essays, and much more from various authors who speak on the continued push forward as America tries to be that harmonious union of peoples up front, and the much darker conflict that lands underneath it all. Through literature and nonfiction, these writers provide many opinions and viewsto grant readers the many conflicting perspectives in our nation today. For those who want to gain a greater understanding in our nation's push for equality, "American Tensions" is a thoughtful and very highly recommended read." - Midwest Book Review"The writers featured in American Tensions are both established and emerging, some with many publications, some with only a few, but what binds them together is that they are embodiments of the legacy of that melting pot sales pitch. Their stories reflect that American identity may owe a great deal to the constant reminder that it is not an assimilated, uniform everyperson, but a 'messy, fractious web of cultures, myths, relationships, and races.'" - LJ Moore,SF Books ExaminerExpert Reviews of American Tensions"As a playlist captures the complex and sometimes competing forces within a relationship, revealing much about the essential interplay between composer and audience, so too does American Tensions provide a timely snapshot of our nation's post-identity literary landscape and the real uses and purposes we make out of writing and reading."-Sam Woodworth,Fogged Clarity: An Arts Review"The melting pot isn't an easy blend, as the boiling nature within it can prove quite nasty. "American Tensions: Literature of Identity and the Search for Social Justice" is a collection of fiction, poetry, essays, and much more from various authors who speak on the continued push forward as America tries to be that harmonious union of peoples up front, and the much darker conflict that lands underneath it all. Through literature and nonfiction, these writers provide many opinions and viewsto grant readers the many conflicting perspectives in our nation today. For those who want to gain a greater understanding in our nation's push for equality, "American Tensions" is a thoughtful and very highly recommended read."-Midwest Book Review"The writers featured in American Tensions are both established and emerging, some with many publications, some with only a few, but what binds them together is that they are embodiments of the legacy of that melting pot sales pitch. Their stories reflect that American identity may owe a great deal to the constant reminder that it is not an assimilated, uniform everyperson, but a 'messy, fractious web of cultures, myths, relationships, and races.'"-LJ Moore,SF Books Examiner "