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“Juan Felipe Herrera’s family has gone from migrant worker to poet laureate of the United States in one generation. One generation. I am an adamant objector to the Horatio Alger myth of pulling oneself up by the bootstraps, but Herrera’s story is one of epic American proportions. The heads carved into my own Mount Rushmás would be Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta, Frida Kahlo, El Chapulín Colorado, Selena, and Juan Felipe Herrera.”
A Personal Laureate: Reflections on Juan Felipe Herrera’s Appointment as Poet Laureate of the United States by David Tomas Martinez (Los Angeles Review of Books)

“The presence of a black character in a novel written by a black writer becomes racial, but the presence of a white character in a novel written by a white writer does not. There’s something strange in that logic, and that’s obviously because it’s false. If I write about a black character, that’s nothing to do with race. That’s the color of that character. To assume that it has something to do with race by virtue of that character being black is good old-fashioned American racism.”
The Construction of Place: An Interview With Percival Everett (via VQR)

“It was in prison that I learned about the Women’s Storybook Project of Texas. Immediately upon entering prison I started to investigate the programs and classes offered. I refused to allow my family’s pain to be in vain… I remember the first book that I read to my daughter, “And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street,” a Dr. Seuss book. As I sat down to start reading to her I had a mixture of feelings. Prison not only takes your freedom but it can also take your identity. After so long you become Mom only by title when someone else cares daily for your children. What I remember most was an unshakable joy of knowing as long as I was reading that book, I was Mom again. It was surreal knowing my daughter would receive and hold in her hands the very same book that I held in my hands that day. We would occupy the same space even if it was at different times.”
Reading Aloud to My Daughter, From Prison (Via New York Times)

“I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by wedding planners, dieting, in shapewear”
—Amy Newman (via Poetry Magazine)

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