“They wanted a white voice”: Women and Race in the Literary Arts

This is now up at VIDA: Women in Literary Arts:

They wanted the speaker of my poems more “anonymous”, more diffuse, less located in history, less pointed. I took that to mean that they wanted a white voice, one that can comment on or become (colonize) everything and by being that be anonymous, rather than, an embodied person like myself who might have a history and a relationship to history that is maybe contrary to theirs.

From “Roundtable: Policing the Other in the Literary World,” with Hoa Nguyen, Natalie Diaz, Bhanu Kapil, Sarah Gambito, Lee Ann Roripaugh, Metta Sáma, giovanni singleton, and Carmen Giménez Smith.

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