Coach: The Press Kit

Coach: The Press Kit While I have been going on residencies or attending summer workshops since 2003, I didn't start streamlining my process until 2006. That was the year that I applied to 6 artist residencies and was granted 4. Not bad returns. What I did in that year was to start what I would …

One Quote Response: Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney C. Cooper

Eloquent Rage:  A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney C. CooperIt's been a minute since last I wrote my one quote responses, but since my last post, I finished How Long 'Til Black Futures Month? by N. K. Jemisin and Eloquent Rage:  A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney C. Cooper.  While Jemisin's book was …

One Quote Response: Well-Read Black Girl, edited by Glory Edim

In this One Quote Response, I'm interested in two quotations that stand together for me as I consider the importance of reading as a black/Afro-Latina woman and the writing of story as mother.  Here are the two quotations: Reading highlights the intersection of narrative and self-image to create compelling explorations of identity. Reading allows us to …

One Quote Response: M Archive: After the End of the World

Passage from M Archive:  After the End of the World by Alexis Pauline Gumbs (Duke University Press, 2018, p. 103)This passage from M Archive is so instructive and invitational to me.  I’ve been talking about #generationaljoy since an incredible opportunity I had to be a Macondo fellow in 2016.  This concept of generational joy emerged as I was …

Keeping my hashtags

#AgentToYourTruth (a class I teach with The Speakeasy Project)#LiveToWrite (another class I teach with The Speakeasy Project)#sabbatical#sabbaticalreading#thisisanessay#thisisthebeginningofanessay#52essays2019#whatkindofancestorwillyoube#workplan#todolist#twt#doingtoomuch#acentosreview#latinx#parentalleave#maternityleave#amreading#amwriting#writersofinstagram#blackfeminist#freedomdreaming#blackfeminism#raffaelehasfivenames#havingonesidedconversations#blackjoy#writerlife#summerofbooks#yearofbooks#afrolatina#fenixhas5names

Resolution check and setting intentions for the future

In 2017, I set as intentions the following:  "resolutions: work less and experience more; be present while working on family future."In 2018, my partner and I developed resolutions together: "1.  do more physical activity together, like walking, swimming, kayaking2.  spend less money on Amazon3.  settle on sabbatical plans and start that journey4.  figure out parenting together5.  save …