How Dare We! Write: A Multicultural Creative Writing Discourse by Sherry Quan LeeHow Dare We! Write: A Multicultural Creative Writing Discourse by Sherry Quan Lee

How Dare We! Write: A Multicultural Creative Writing Discourse

EditorSherry Quan Lee

Paperback | May 7, 2017

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How Dare We! Write: a multicultural creative writing discourse offers a much needed corrective to the usual dry and uninspired creative writing pedagogy. The collection asks us to consider questions, such as “What does it mean to work through resistance from supposed mentors, to face rejection from publishers and classmates, and to stand against traditions that silence you?" and "How can writers and teachers even begin to make diversity matter in meaningful ways on the page, in the classroom, and on our bookshelves?"

How Dare We! Write is an inspiring collection of intellectually rigorous lyric essays and innovative writing exercises; it opens up a path for inquiry, reflection, understanding, and creativity that is ultimately healing. The testimonies provide a hard won context for their innovative paired writing experiments that are, by their very nature, generative.
-- Cherise A. Pollard, PhD, Professor of English, West Chester University of Pennsylvania

So-called “creative writing” classes are highly politicized spaces, but no one says so; to acknowledge this obvious fact would be to up-end the aesthetics, cultural politics (ideology) and economics on which most educational institutions are founded.  How Dare We! Write, a brilliant interventive anthology of essays, breaks this silence.
-- Maria Damon, Pratt Institute of Art; co-editor of Poetry and Cultural Studies: A Reader

How Dare We! Write is a collection of brave voices calling out to writers of color everywhere: no matter how lonely, you are not alone; you are one in a sea of change, swimming against the currents.
-- Kao Kalia Yang, author of The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir, and The Song Poet, a 2017 Minnesota Book Award winner

How Dare We! Write is a much needed collection of essays from writers of color that reminds us that our stories need to be told, from addressing academic gatekeepers, embracing our identities, the effects of the oppressor's tongue on our psyche and to the personal narratives that help us understand who we are.
---Rodrigo Sanchez-Chavarria, writer, spoken word poet/performer and contributing author to A Good Time for the Truth: Race In Minnesota

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Sherry Quan Lee, MFA, University of Minnesota, and Distinguished Alumna, North Hennepin Community College, is the editor of "How Dare We! Write: a multicultural creative writing discourse". Her most recent book, "Love Imagined: a mixed race memoir" was a 2015 Minnesota Book Award Finalist. Previous books include "Chinese Blackbird," a ...
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Title:How Dare We! Write: A Multicultural Creative Writing DiscourseFormat:PaperbackDimensions:210 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.44 inPublished:May 7, 2017Publisher:Loving Healing PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction    i
Acknowledgments    v
Preface    1
Literary Gatekeepers  (and other myths)    7
What Would Edén Say? Reclaiming the Personal and Grounding Story in Chicana Feminist (Academic) Writing, 
Kandace Creel Falcón    8
Imposter Poet: Recovering from Graduate School, 
Jessica Lopez Lyman    16
A Case for Writing While Black, Sherrie Fernandez Williams    23
mamatowisin: Writing as Spiritual Praxis, Nia Allery    34
The Tyranny of Grammar    41
Complete this Sentence: Say it Loud! _____!, Brenda Bell Brown    42
Crazy, Chris Stark    48
Saying My Name with Happiness, Ching-In Chen    57
Dancing Between Bamboos or The Rules of Wrong Grammar, 
Marlina Gonzalez    61
Identity(ies)    73
Intersectional Bribes and the Cost of Poetry, Sagirah Shahid    74
It Happened in Fragments, Isela Xitlali Gómez R.    80
Creating Native American Mirrors: and Making a Living as a Writer, Marcie Rendon    89
Notes in Journey from a Writer of the Mix, Anya Achtenberg    96
Personal Narratives    107
The Thenar Space: Writing Beyond Emotion and Experience into Story, Taiyon J Coleman    108
How Maya Angelou Empowered Me to Write, 
Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay    118
Legendary Documents, Tou SaiKo Lee    124
Stories that Must Be Told, Luis Lopez    128
Telling Stories That Should Not Be Passed On, Wesley Brown    132
Rejection Not an Option    137
Fear of an Apocalypse: Racial Marginalization on the Act of Writing, Hei Kyong Kim    138
Picking a Goot’ Indin (a play selection from No Res Rezpect), 
William S. Yellow Robe, Jr.    144
Perfectly Nontraditional, Sweta Srivastava Vikram    148
Healing the Heart    153
Our Silence Won’t Save Us: Recovering the Medicine in Our Stories, Anaïs Deal-Márquez    154
Writing: Healing from the Things I Cannot Change, 
Lori Young-Williams    159
Stories from the Heart of Dark-Eyed Woman—Sikadiyaki, 
Olive Lefferson    165
A Fundamental Human Yearning, Michael Kleber-Diggs    171
About the Contributors    181
About the Editor    189
Index    191

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How Dare We! Write: a multicultural creative writing discourse is an inspiring collection of intellectually rigorous lyric essays and innovative writing exercises; it opens up a path for inquiry, reflection, understanding, and creativity that is ultimately healing. The testimonies provide a hard won context for their innovative paired writing experiments that are, by their very nature, generative.—Cherise A. Pollard, PhD, Professor of English, West Chester University of PennsylvaniaSo-called “creative writing” classes are highly politicized spaces, but no one says so; to acknowledge this obvious fact would be to up-end the aesthetics, cultural politics (ideology) and economics on which most educational institutions are founded.  How Dare We! Write, a brilliant interventive anthology of essays, breaks this silence. This so-necessary book takes “finding your voice” to a whole new level, redeeming the privileged individualism of that cliché by documenting the powerful experiential writing of those writers of color who dare to acknowledge that, in the words of contributor Wesley Brown, “the most valuable stories are those which we would prefer not to hear.”  To paraphrase another contributor, here is marvelous, energetic proof of “writing [as] a form of social justice.”—Maria Damon, Pratt Institute of Art, co-editor of Poetry and Cultural Studies: A ReaderHow Dare We Write! is a collection of brave voices calling out to writers of color everywhere: no matter how lonely, you are not alone; you are one in a sea of change, swimming against the currents.—Kao Kalia Yang, author of The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir, and The Song Poet- Winner, 2017 Minnesota Book Award in Creative Nonfiction/MemoirHow Dare We! Write is a much needed collection of essays from writers of color that reminds us that our stories need to be told, from addressing academic gatekeepers, embracing our identities, the effects of the oppressors' tongue on our psyche and to the personal narratives that help us understand who we are. I found myself in many of the shared experiences in this anthology and I hope it fuels the reader to keep on writing, as it has fueled me to write more loudly and freely about the stories inside me.—Rodrigo Sanchez-Chavarria, writer, spoken word poet/performer, contributor to A Good Time for the Truth: Race In MinnesotaThis anthology can easily be used as a supplementary text in a creative writing workshop environment, especially at the graduate level or upper-level undergraduate courses. Not only are the essays informative and make the reader consider new manners of writing and reading, but each essay is also followed by a writing prompt, so the reader can put a theory to practice. I can even see this anthology being used in a composition class. No matter how it is used, I recommend this book for all writers and those who write about literature, and when you do, be sure to have a lot of sharpened pencils, as there will be a lot of underlining. I know I will be a better teacher of writing because of editor Sherry Quan Lee’s How Dare We! Write: A Multicultural Creative Discourse.—Tom Holmes, Editor, Redactions: Poetry & Poetics