Photo credit: Kat Chma (2016)
Note: We’ve decided to stick with the format of alternating our original blog posts with posts highlighting others’ work in the spirit of collaboration and community…and in the spirit of being real about our lives and schedules!
We’ve spent the summer traveling, doing research, writing, breaking toes, hanging out with family and friends, reading for work and for pleasure, and learning that the American national anthem has a racist third verse. We come back to this space, wanting to acknowledge our solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other Indigenous communities standing strong against the building of the Dakota Access Pipeline. If you haven’t been following what’s been happening there, get caught up by: reading a summary of what you need to know; getting the big picture of Indigenous rights issues; following @SacredStoneCamp if you’re on Twitter; choosing whatever way makes sense for you to support the folks leading the #NoDAPL fight.
We also want to give a shout out to some of the books by women of color authors we read and enjoyed this summer:
A House of My Own (2015), Sandra Cisneros (a lovely gift from a lovely neighbor!)
The Blue Between Sky and Water (2015), Susan Abulhawa
The Farming of Bones (2003), Edwidge Danticat
The New Jim Crow (2010), Michelle Alexander
Scenes of Subjection (1997), Saidiya Hartman
Lots to read…before our next original blog post next week!