Dear James / Issue 3


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1. Kamala Puligandla (fiction editor of issue 4– she’s reading right now!)

Kamala had a meeting with a “mentor” at a workshop. Kamala is queer and her book had queer women in it. The mentor had concerns about this: b5968292-332a-40c7-95e1-740255dd1ee7 (he really asked that) e19af566-992f-46cc-ab9c-852f8f32e3c2 He also told her: 5dd87501-f153-403d-9e6d-737d2df5838d 53e2b639-04d0-4781-b201-669c1e354e84 5baf048b-e4e4-45ef-9a64-f211e8ccb1e7     10bf56aa-80db-4446-b705-cd7120a054a1   Kamala says:   bcd5a5b3-aeb7-45db-8fb8-542196b87e1b   0716c7e0-c8b2-48ce-9a83-3c4517be22f4 FYI she read that lesbian romance series that the mentor was referring to. Those books were straight up romance– very different from the book she is writing. be990435-f31a-499c-b158-54f9040e5d15

2. Eric Boyd (fiction editor issue 3)

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3. Maisha Z. Johnson (Issue 2 Poetry editor)

Maisha was once part of a writing group whose members were mostly white and straight. She kept getting the same feedback: 21e60b01-e6ef-42fb-80b8-2a1c019db040   f411860f-42a3-413b-b736-ce2142505494 She was also 42d5f06a-81a6-4f76-921d-4fee3a8840de   Initially she thought 279b36cc-0e49-4918-9ecb-315fc92a5d10     269fcd2f-d26b-4161-a3f8-1ac035bcce5d     The more she scaled back, the more she followed their advice, the more their request stayed the same. 67188624-8ef7-4632-830e-2ad3cae61652 9d075ef7-75b3-4a52-acdb-f8f25d3a92ad

“I also remember being confused about this because the most skillful, inspiring writers I knew of – people like Audre Lorde, June Jordan, Lucille Clifton, Nikki Giovanni – all wrote what would’ve been considered, by these standards, to be ‘overtly political.’ And I think that helped me realize this wasn’t a standard to measure my truth by – because there was no way anyone could say that these prolific Black women writers had ‘poor literary merit.'”

e96a6cb6-5ba5-4af7-a0c3-3b5455033cd4  On Political Poetry at The Poetry Foundation and on Women and the Global Imagination at Prairie Schooner. On May 27th, get ready for the release of issue 3 edited by Ashley C. Ford, Eric Boyd, and Michelle Peñaloza. The issue holds a profound number of writers that you need to know, whose names you’ll hopefully know from now on. 99baa77b-4a2e-4b38-81b9-2ba62f67a24f