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April 24, 2009

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Hello Everyone -
Phira has forwarded an opportunity to submit works to Alive Magazine. The guidelines are above (I had to reformat file to Word).

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I just wanted to forward an opportunity to you to see if you may think of someone who may be interested in submitting some written pieces to this magazine.

Love and Peace,


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From: Courtney Still
To: azaliisunrehm@aol.com
Sent: Thu, 16 Apr 2009 1:29 pm
Subject: Call for Artists/Writers

Hello Phira,

For our June/July Hip-Hop/Spoken Word issue the columns we are still searching to fill are Gaze (artwork) as well as Muse (poetry/lyrics/spoken word). The Alive website - http://www.alivemagazine.org - includes explanations and examples of articles from each of these. I have attached Writer's Guidelines for further explanation of our expectations and process.

If you or any others are interested in submitting pieces for our other features/departments, that would be wonderful as well.

If there are any other questions, let me know! Thanks so much.


April 20, 2009

Nu Griots2
Woven Voices
April 27, 7pm
Penumbra Theatre
270 Kent St., St. Paul

Inspired by the artistry of Sonia Sanchez & Carolyn Holbrook, the writers from the 2009
Givens Black Writers Collaborative Retreat will perform a collection of original pieces.

Admission by donation - no one turned away for inability to pay

For more information contact Ellena Schoop 651-895-5603

April 7, 2009

More Books...

More books from the Women of Color writing class.

1. the last communist virgin - wang ping
2. the fortress of solitude - jonathan letham
3. norwegian wood - haruki murakami
4. kitchen - banana yoshimoto
5. "night women" - a short story by edwidge danticat
6. the wife - meg wolitzer
7. spring moon - bette bao lord

And more...
Growing Up Chicana/o, Tiffany Ana López (Ed.)
Loving in the War Years, Cherríe Moraga
Chicana Falsa, Michele Serros
Loose Woman, Sandra Cisneros
This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, Cherríe Moraga & Gloria Anzaldúa (Eds.)
Chicana Lesbians, Carla Trujillo (Ed.)
Telling to Live: Latina Feminist Testimonios, The Latina Feminist Group
Canícula, Norma Cantú
The Moths and Other Stories, Helena María Viramontes
Making Face, Making Soul Haciendo Caras: Creative and Critical Perspectives by Feminist of Color, Gloria Anzaldúa (Ed.)
Infinite Divisions: An Anthology of Chicana Literature, Tey Diana Rebolledo & Eliana S. Rivero (Eds.)
So Far From God, Ana Castillo
The Desert Remembers My Name: On Family and Writing, Kathleen Alcalá
Sister Outsider, Audre Lorde
Zami: A New Spelling of my Name, A Biomythography by Audre Lorde
Anything We Love Can Be Saved: A Writer's Activism, Alice Walker

Thank you!

Women of Color: Writing Our Stories

It’s not about what we got, it’s about how you got over, walked over, through, inside, flip over, and on top of a people from greatness.

It’s not about what we got, it’s about being abandoned by our country and dissed by the media. It’s about being in a space, a place where no one knows your name. It’s about the breakdown in communication and the forced assimilation into spots where you are not welcomed. It’s about the loss of life, the loss of love, the loss of community, and the loss of culture.

It’s about the ma’am(s) that you will never understand.
It’s about the farewells with no jazz funerals
or second-lines. Our celebrations.
It’s about the force whiteness for niceness
Which stems from your guilty conscious for all the wrongs you have done
And not undone.
It’s about blatant injustice served on a silver platter.
It’s about being an American and being denied justice.

I saw,
I experienced an America that did not look like America to me.
But there it was.
And here I am.
A survivor.

It’s not about what we got,
if we got,
because most got gainked on your gots.

It’s about how you got
When you got
what you got
and how you got - From the backs of Americans

It’s about how you mistreated God’s people: Po’ folks and Black folks. This whole Katrina thing is (the current tense) about race and class.

By Theresa Crushshon – Fleur de Lis
Email April 5, 2009

April 2, 2009


In Saturdays class we used the triggering subject of hands, women's hands. We wrote for 10-15 minutes. Here is my piece.

Aunt Rose was in the kitchen making herself something to eat for lunch. She had on her blood red robe that zipped up the front with small lace design around the collar. She moved from the back cupboard to the table with a plate, then a bowl, which she filled with lettuce. I watched her pour the dressing over the top of the lettuce. I recognized her hands, the long thick brown fingers like her brothers, my dad's. Aunt Rose shuffled to the refrigerator for the left over chip-beef sandwich from yesterdays outing. She pulled open the styrofoam container and I saw the palm of her hand. A chocolate color crease marking her life line, long like like mine. Her hands, like my hands.

Reminds me of the last visit when she shared how her husband's hand hit her, slapped her. How her hands took a hammer and broke up ice outside to get the water hose, frozen to the winter ground. How her hands dragged the hose in the house, to the bathrooom, to the tub. Her hands turned on the water and her hands carried the hose and nozzle to the bedroom where her hands unleashed a spray of cold water, dousing her husband. Spraying him in bed till he was soaked. Her hands fought back.

I was in Philadelphia visiting my dad's family. And when I saw my Aunt Rose again, I didn't realize how much she favored my dad. Down to her mannerism, down to her hands. Hands say different things about a person. Color, tecture, and size all come into play. I have many creases, lines around my knuckles. They make my hands look old and yet strong. I have big palms and give firm hand shakes. I believe that my hands are the way they are because I need to be able to hang on to life, when things get rocky. These hands need to know how to fight back.

Whose hands do we have and how do we use them?

Book Listing

Here is a list of books that I used during my writing class - Women of Color: Writing Our Stories and few more.
Feel free to comment with books that you have found important to telling your story.

Skirt Full of Black - Sun Yung Shin
Just Plain Folks - Lorraine Johnson-Coleman
Bailey's Cafe - Gloria Naylor
Love Medicine - Louise Erdrich
The Color Purple - Alice Walker
The Street - Ann Petry
The Woman Warrior - Maxine Hong Kingston
Women Who Run With the Wolves - Clarrissa Pinkola Estes
Borderlands - Gloria Anzaldua
Of Orphans & Warriors - Gloria Heyung Chin
Cane - Jean Toomer
killing rage - bell hooks
Ladies Pages - Noliwe M. Rooks
black notebooks - Toi Derricotte
A Shining Thread of Hope - Darlene Clark Hine & Kathleen Thompson
Chicana Without Apology - Eden Torres
Afro-American Women Writers: 1740 - 1933 - Ann Allen Shockley
Bamboo Among Oaks - Mai Neng Moua, editor
The House on Mango Street - Sandra Cisneros
The Women of Brewsters Place - Gloria Naylor
Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Huston
Who Set You Fowin'? Farah Griffin
River, Cross My Heart - Breena Clark
Slavery By Another Name - Douglas A. Blackmon
Picturing Us - Deborah Willis, editor
Chinese Blackbird - Sherry Quan Lee
The Woman Who Fell From The Sky - Joy Harjo

Writing Books
The Triggering Town - Richard Hugo
Free Within Ourselves and The African American Guide to Writing and Publishing Nonfiction - both by Jewell Parker Rhodes
The 3AM Epiphany - Brian Kiteley