erica lorraine scheidt

This weekend I saw the Nicholas Galanin's work at the current Frye exhibit, Your Feast Has Ended: Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes, Nicholas Galanin, and Nep Sidhu in Seattle. This piece, “Things are Looking Native, Native’s Looking Whiter,” was one of them. In the exhibit, he says this:

"… I [also] look at this piece in cultural terms—mainstream society often looks at Indigenous or Native American art through a romantic lens, not allowing a culture, like my Tlingit community, room for creative sovereign growth. "

And wondered: is this how we look at girls? So fetishized or romanticized or sexualized, that they have no room for sovereign expression?

This weekend I saw the Nicholas Galanin's work at the current Frye exhibit, Your Feast Has Ended: Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes, Nicholas Galanin, and Nep Sidhu in Seattle. This piece, “Things are Looking Native, Native’s Looking Whiter,” was one of them. In the exhibit, he says this:

"… I [also] look at this piece in cultural terms—mainstream society often looks at Indigenous or Native American art through a romantic lens, not allowing a culture, like my Tlingit community, room for creative sovereign growth. "

And wondered: is this how we look at girls? So fetishized or romanticized or sexualized, that they have no room for sovereign expression?

How to Be a Contemporary Writer »

roxanegay:

1. Read diversely.

2. Write.

3. See items 1 and 2.

4. Accept that there is no one way to make it as a writer and that the definition of making it is fluid and tiered.

5. Accept that sometimes literary success is political and/or about who you know and that’s not likely to change. Yes,…

figuring out licensing

at chapter 510 we commissioned an awesome local artist to draw portraits of oakland youth poets and i’m figuring out licensing so that the artist, chapter 510, and the teen poets can all use the images. forever and with joy.

more soon.

usesforboys:

Feminism is hearing your pain and your struggle in another woman’s voice and suddenly realizing there’s nothing wrong with you and nothing wrong with her, but something wrong with the world trying to make you think there is. Shelby Knox

— I am so grateful to Jamia Wilson for introducing me to Shelby Knox.

let me tell you one thing

Let me tell you one thing about why writers write: had I known the answer to any of these questions I would never have needed to write a novel. from Why I Write by Joan Didion

So the gf met a guy in DC who works in public transit and she starts talking about putting summer lunches on commuter lines to make it easier for working parents, right. Because she has a one track mind: making sure kids have access to healthy food in the summer.

Working on my syllabus for this week’s class, I stumbled upon this magazine, Brevity, and then this story by Heather Sellers, which contained this first line:

I was eleven almost twelve but I looked thirteen when I walked across Orlando toward my father’s apartment on Orange Avenue.

- From Breathless, by Heather Sellers, BREVITY, January 21 2014