What is Literary Activism? A chorus of voices answers in The Poetry Foundation

Activism-quote-by-Alice-WalkerAmy King, WNBA Award Winner, member of VIDA Executive Committee, and Women’s National Book Award winner, has now asked us all “What is Literary Activism?” and then answered it for the Poetry Foundation, but the coolest thing in the world about Amy is that she takes all of her actions seriously. Her angle is that literary activism is about inclusivity and visibility. So what does she do? She asks a diverse array of writers to answer the question along with her. I am so honored to be among them talking about the necessity of Romani literary activism, because as far as I’m concerned, the very act of writing is activism  for Roma. So read Amy, and read Samiya Bashir, Rosebud Ben-Oni, Ana Božičević, Emily Brandt, Ken Chen, Melissa Febos, Suzi F. Garcia, Eunsong Kim, Jason Koo, Lynn Melnick, Shane McCrae, Laura Mullen, Héctor Ramírez, Metta Sáma, Melissa Studdard, and Arisa White!

Write your activism, baby! Opre Roma!

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The VIDA Count is out! Some highlights

First, the count itself with an incredible intro by Amy King: http://www.vidaweb.org/the-count-2013/

Then, some extraordinary pieces about race and *Trans issues and what the count is missing by Stephen Burt and Alyss Dixson: 

THIRTY-ONE QUESTIONS AND TWELVE APOLOGIES BY WAY OF A THANK-YOU NOTE FOR THE 2013 VIDA COUNT

This Is Not About Your Understanding

Then a great piece on VIDA and the PEN Prison Writing initiative from Idra Novey: 

Update from Idra Novey, VIDA Liaison to the PEN Prison Writing Committee

A fascinating article from Diane Mehta on what makes a canon:

What Is a Classic?

And some fantastic press from Soraya Chemaly from The Guardian, Julie Bossman from The New York Times, Amanda Hess from Slate, and others as well as NPR, Huff Po, etc, etc!

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/feb/24/vida-count-men-outnumber-women-literary-journals

http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2014/02/24/_vida_count_2013_why_is_it_so_hard_for_literary_magazines_to_publish_women.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/04/vida-2012-count-finds-dep_n_2805928.html?utm_hp_ref=tw

http://jezebel.com/editor-of-prestigious-almost-all-male-review-says-were-1193363088

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