Appropriating Audre : On The Need to Locate the Oppressor Within Us

Appropriations of Lorde not only rob her work of nuance, sensuality, and creativity, but also fail to do what she asked most of feminist movements: to center a racial analysis in feminist and queer work.

"There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé" : Morgan Parker's New Collection is a Complex Tribute to Black American Womanhood

These words, brilliant, lovely, and sharp like a diamond, cut deeply. Parker's book is an exciting contribution to the rich legacy of Black feminist art, literature, poetry, and music. Read more »

Audre Lorde's ABC's of Fighting Fascism: It's Time for All of Us to Face our History

When I don’t know what to do, I turn to the Lorde. And right now, a lot of us don’t know what to do. Read more »

Popaganda Episode: Growing Up Immigrant

When politicians and pundits talk about immigrants, they far too often use language that makes it seem like immigrants are… other. Not real Americans. Not able to be trusted.   Read more »

"Sanctuary of the Psychic Life": Why poetry matters in the Trump Era

Given the D-list lineup Trump’s team managed to pull together, it’s easy to see why many people believed our 45th president would choose to mark his entry into the... Read more »

My President Loves to Read

When Obama talks about the power and meaning that he has gleaned from books, I hear the words of every person I’ve ever known who loves to read. Read more »

2016 Reading Challenge: 50 Books by Women of Color

If you don't seek out new voices, it's easy to fall into reading books primarily, if not solely, by white authors. Read more »

Poetry as Protest: The Anthology "Veils, Halos & Shackles" Responds to Violence

With more than 250 poems, the anthology spans around 500 pages, and contributors hail from nations and cultures across the world, all speaking the same language of oppression and subjugation, of the senseless violence power can inflict. Read more »

Chosen Battles: Poet Kendra DeColo on Censorship and Literary Misogyny

"I think I’m still figuring out the balance between entering hostile spaces and creating loving/nurturing communities within them." Read more »

Popaganda: Insider/Outsider

This one’s for the punks, poets, radicals, and outliers. We hear four stories about what life is like as an outsider, from tattoo artists confronting invisible disabilities to poet Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib on being a person of color in the punk scene. Plus, we hear from comics artist MariNaomi about... Read more »

Writer Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib on Poetry & Punk Rock

The writer talks about being an outsider and insider in literary spaces and punk.  Read more »

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