This anthology of contemporary American poetry, short fiction, and nonfiction, explores issues of identity, oppression, injustice, and social change. Living American writers produced each piece between 1980 and the present; works were selected based on literary merit and the manner in which they address one or more pressing social issues.
William Reichard has assembled some of the most respected literary artists of our time, asking whose voices are ascendant, whose silenced, and why. The work as a whole reveals shifting perspectives and the changing role of writing in the social justice arena over the last few decades.
Foreword by former US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser
Introduction by William Reichard
The Lives We're Given, The Lives We Make
"Future Home of the Living God"
B. H. Fairchild
"Speaking of Names"
"The Machinist, Teaching His Daughter to Play the Piano"
Bobbie Ann Mason
Bastard Out of Carolina (an excerpt)
“The Root Woman”
“The Smell of Snake”
“At the Galleria”
The Florist's Daughter (an excerpt)
“Seven Fragments (found inside my father)”
“Good to Go”
“Man On The TV Say”
“Only Everything I Own”
“What To Tweak”
“Golden Rule Days”
J. C. Hallman
“Said to Sarah, Ten”
“Aaron at Work/Rain”
“Hymns to Nanan”
That Which Holds Us Together, That Which Pulls Us Apart
“An Atlas of the Difficult World” (excerpts)
“Speaking English Is Like”
“Uses for Spanish in Pittsburgh”
“Grocery Shopping with My Girlfriend Who Is Not Asian”
“Speaking Spanish Is Like”
The History of My Shoes and the Evolution of Darwin's Theory (excerpts)
“Overture: Watermelon City”
“Observation Post #71”
“Night in Blue”
“Praise the Tortilla, Praise Menudo, Praise Chorizo”
“I Didn't Sleep”
“Bagram, Afghanistan, 2002”
“First Generation Angels”
“The Young Asian Women”
“Father Blues for Jon Jang”
Scott Russell Sanders
“Under the Influence”
“Guidelines for the Treatment of Sacred Objects”
“The Theft Outright”
“Butter Maiden and Maize Girl Survive Death Leap”
“The Lone Reader and Tonchee Fistfight in Pages”
“Charlie Howard's Descent”
“Homo Will Not Inherit”
Javier O. Huerta
“Toward a Portrait of the Undocumented”
“Blasphemous Elegy for May 14, 2003”
“The Rain, the Rez, and Other Things”
“Autobiography of My Alter Ego” (excerpts)
“1959, Loomis Avenue”
“The Glue That Held Everything Together”
Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past (excerpt)
“But at the Church”
Ed Bok Lee
“Burnt Offering: Mid-November”
“Frozen in the Sky”
“The Secret to Life in America”
Landscape with Figures: Human Experience in the Natural World
Alison Hawthorne Deming
an excerpt from “Culture, Biology, and Emergence”
“So Much Like A Beach After All”
“It Is Fair To Be Crossing”
“Not Getting Tired of the Earth”
“Between Now and Then”
“Lone Tree, 1986”
D. A. Powell
“cancer inside the little sea”
“Cloudy Is the Stuff of Stones”
“The Night Constant”
Barrie Jean Borich
“Alice & Emily, Diana & Dunes”
Rights and Permissions
About the Editor
The poetry festival will feature Mark Doty, with a talk on poetry and a reading, as the keynote speaker along with several other noted poets including: including Kathryn Stripling Byer and Cathy Smith Bowers, both former N.C. poet laureates, and Joseph Bathanti, the current N.C. Poet Laureate.
The fesitval will also include instructional workshops on getting started with the writing process, using personal experiences in writing, weaving musical elements into poems and getting published.
The luncheon and the workshops offered during the festival require pre-registration by Tuesday, but the readings, to be held 10:30 a.m.-noon and 3-4:30 p.m. are free and open.
Workshops include instruction on Descriptions and registration forms for workshops are available on the library's website.
Anthony Doerr is the author of four books--Memory Wall, The Shell Collector, About Grace, and Four Seasons in Rome, and he is the contributing author of American Tensions--and has won several awards for his books and writing.
This reading will offer a unique opportunity to hear the author speak for himself and his work.
This reading is a continuation of the Beth Chayim Chadashim occasional series, the After Shul Special. The BCC presents a celebration of the legacy of renowned Jewish lesbian feminist poet Adrienne Rich (1929–2012), on what would be her 85th birthday.
The evening will feature two award-winning poets, Jenny Factor and Kevin Simmonds, will also include brief readings by BCC members and special guests.
The reading will be curated by Sylvia Sukop and Bonnie S. Kaplan and admission is free.
This annual event will feature five well-known authors, each of whom will offer specific workshops geared towards their genre of expertise. The schedule of events is as follows:
The program is free and open to the public.