My second year of grad school has begun. I’m taking four classes this semester:
Contemporary Queer Writers of Color
20th & 21st Century Poets of Color
So there’s a lot of reading, a lot of literature and a lot of theory. In addition two of my classes require me to blog once a week. So yes my dreams of blogging regularly again seem to be coming true just not the way I thought. All of this is in addition to being co-fiction editor of the literary journal 580 Split and running a school sponsored reading series.
In conclusion I may be insane, the good part is that a lot of my reading are awesome folks I would read anyway if not quite so quickly. I’m also reading a lot more stuff by Women, GLBTQ folks and People of Color – which was one of my goals for this semester. So for my first week I read Langston Hughes, Barbara Smith & Gloria Anzaldua.
On top of this I’m researching various PhD programs in the Bay Area. So far the most promising ones seem to be Literature @ UC Santa Cruz, Modern Thought & Lit. @ Stanford and Rhetoric @ UC Berkeley.
Last week in my class I was introduced to the word confluences as opposed to intersections and I’m doing my best to replace the terms in my vocabulary. Not that intersectional is now “out” or anything like that it was just the more I thought about the reasoning the professor put forward, the more I agree with it. Intersectionality implies static connections, the the places and situations in which our identities meet and influence each other happens the same way every time in the same way at the same time. The truth of the matter is that our various identities shift and change depending on the situation.
The imagery I’ve been using to thing of confluences is wind currents. A separate current representing each identity, two or three or more may merge into bigger systems depending on the situation, or one current itself can interact on it’s own and even if some of your other identities do not feed directly into the confluence those other winds are still present shifting the focus and perceptions of the larger storm system co-existing.
Haven’t worked out the whole metaphor or interactions yet but overall really liking the terminology of confluences of identity as opposed to intersections of identity a whole lot right now.
So if you’re in the Bay Area there are two chances to see me read in the next few weeks. The first is at the Soulful Reading Series on my school’s campus. Here’s the flyer:
Not only do I know most of the readers and can guarantee their collective awesomeness and soulfulness but the piece I will be reading features cannibalism. CANNIBALISM! People you should be asking yourselves, how can you not come!
The second chance to hear me read will be on 5/1/2009 at the Center of Sex & Culture in San Francisco as part of SFinX’s Manifesto Night. I will be reading a non-fiction radically extreme political manifesto (or at least part of it) that I’m working on right now. I’ll put the poster and more info up here when I get it.
4/28/09 – reading moved to 5:30
5/01/09 – location moved to Modern Times Bookstore
It’s been a month since my last post and I thought I’d explain my absence. It’s a confluence of a couple of factors, planning the immediate future has taken a lot of my time and energy, RaceFail ’09 has made me bitter, angry and apathetic and finally my second semester of Grad School is kicking my ass so hard I had to drop a class. I tried to write a post over the last month but I couldn’t think of anything to write:
Writing? Before last week I hadn’t written any new fiction since the end of January
Oppression? RaceFail ’09 made me so angry I could not write about privilege and power dynamics without literally feeling sick to my stomach
SF/F? See my answer to Oppression and there hasn’t been a SF/F show that’s pulled me in in ages and until the beginning of March I hadn’t red for the pure pleasure of reading for a long time.
Music? School? Work? Miscellania? Apathy x 10
But this is not a whiny I’m leaving the internetz post. This is saying that thanks to my spring break (which I’m still currently on) and my vow to step away from all but the most dire of my resposibilities during the week; getting to see/talk to a bunch of great folks like my HLB Allison, Tempest, Nora, etc.; immersing myself in some writing (mine and other peoples) and trips to a few museums I am actually feeling inspired and excited more so than I have in a long time. It may not last but I’m gonna try and hold onto the feeling so forecast for more frequent posts looks good…once I’m back from spring break of course.
Okay I realize it’s been a while since I posted (and that I’ve said that an awful lot since grad school started) but I am now in finals week so there should be more frequent posting starting next week sometime. Stay tuned – same bat time, same bat channel (it had to be said and it’s possible I’m punchy from lack of sleep).
My Essay ‘“The Chosen One” vs. The One Who Chooses‘ is up at Fantasy Magazine! In this essay I dissect the general hero tropes in the Harry Potter Series and Zahrah the Windseeker. A total overhaul of a post I did in Feminist SF! over a year ago it reads completely different and is more general and analytical by far than my original post was. Go check it out and let me know what you think!
Yesterday I was laid low some horrible stomach thing so I stayed at home curled in a ball around my twisty-painfilled-stomach. I’m better today still a little nauseaus and my throat is sore as all get out – from praying to the porcelain god – but I’m back at work. Low energy so today I’m focusing on some other stuff I have to get done.
For the latest in the the Sanders/Helix farcas go here: http://coffeeandink.livejournal.com/841797.html
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I have a lot to do by this weekend and need to concentrate on that so I’m declaring it a Writing Day! Have to do some writing today, back tomorrow.
Currently Reading: Midnight Never Come by Marie Brennan
So one of the other things I was working on that I didn’t mention besides the Nancy Kress interview and the Top Ten poll for Feminist-SF was a review of the novel Empress by Karen Miller for Fantasy Magazine. Well the review is now up! Check it out! I discuss things like the race relations and the unsympathetic protagonist and much more. Let me know what you think.
Today has not been a good day, in any sense of the word, and it’s only 10 AM so yes I’m just hiding today. Be back when I can be sure I can peek my head out without it getting chopped off (or tomorrow whichever come first).
I’ve started four posts today and none of them feel right. It could be the fact that I only got three hours of sleep last night or just general misfiring of synapses but I though that you guys should know I tried to post something today (I really did!) but it looks as if it’s not working today so instead I will spend time reading. I might cruise over to Strange Horizons or Clarkesworld or Fantasy Magazine. If you guys are lookingfor something to read I recommend hitting those (and the many other wonderful F/SF magazines online that I can’t seem to remember right now in this mental fog) or just hit some blogs in my blogroll, they’re all amazing and more entertaining than me, today at least.