I have been thinking about blogging a lot lately but thinking isn’t the same as doing. Still, here I am.
I want to talk about the past year in the EM-EFF-AY (OH-EM-GEE), my experience at the VONA Voices Workshop, the progress of the manuscript/s (plural maybe?), some projects/goals I am working towards (a YA book, an anthology on Asian American mythologies, fixing up a paper on Lynda Barry and J. Torres for the upcoming MLA Conference)…which I will write about soon.
For now, I leave you with this …
*An incredible manifesto by the fabulous Ching-In Chen on the Doveglion Press website (curated by the equally awesome Barbara Jane Reyes and Oscar Bermeo). Read it!
And my ever-growing Summer 2011 Reading List:
*Names Above Houses by Oliver de la Paz — I’m finally getting to Oliver’s first collection, and falling in love with Fidelito, a boy who longs to fly.
*Steady, My Gaze by Marie-Elizabeth Mali — who will be on The Blood-Jet next Tuesday! I’m excited to talk with her about her first book.
*Sudden Fiction Latino: Short-Short Stories From The United States and Latin America edited by Robert Shapard, James Thomas and Ray Gonzalez — I just read the first story, “White Girl” by Luis Alberto Urrea; explosive, haunting, and I wish it were longer!
*Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor — I love witches! And I get so excited about writers of color who write “genre” fiction, especially fantasy and sci-fi. This YA books is by and about a young Nigerian girl with powers. Check out this list by Adriel Luis who compiled “The Ultimate 21st Century Guide People of Color List” on Colorlines Magazine.
*and one more (a guilty read)…Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin — Because I loved the show on HBO so much, I needed to find out what happened next! And then I found out there are 4-5 thickass, 1,000 page books that follow. I don’t know if I should keep drinking the Kool-Aid.
What are YOU reading this summer?
oh, and p.s. I have a poem, “Litany for Silence,” on the Splinter Generation website. If you wish, please read.