Race and the Workshop

Race and the Workshop

 

Writes Matthew Salesses for NPR:

In the past year, my first in a prestigious Ph.D. program in creative writing and literature, I have often felt conspicuous as a writer of color. I have felt a responsibility to speak up when race is discussed, but I have also resented this responsibility. Lately, I have found myself burying my head. It bothers me to no end that the pressure is beating me, and yet it is.

Read the rest of his moving essay here.

An Opportunity for Writers with Children

The 2014 My Time Fellowship for writers with children

A two-week fellowship is being offered by The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow for writers who are also parents, thanks to a grant from the Sustainable Arts Foundation. The recipient will have a private suite with writing space, private bath, and wireless Internet in the historic arts town of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The residency provides uninterrupted writing time, with dinner prepared five nights a week and served in our community diningroom. Residents also share the camaraderie of other professional writers and artists when they want it, and a community kitchen stocked with the basics for breakfast and lunch. My Time includes the two-week residency and provides a stipend of $1,500 to help pay for child care or travel expenses or to make up for time lost at work. My Time is not limited to a specific genre. Writers can work in poetry, memoir, fiction, nonfiction or young adult. Please include in the application package information about your family and how this fellowship will help you progress as a writer. No more than one page, please.

 

More information here:  http://www.writerscolony.org/writers_colony/Welcome.html

 

20 Questions With David Haynes

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David Haynes is a true visionary. When the Dean of Southern Methodist University asked him to name the one thing he would work on if given the chance, Haynes said he would found a Center for African American fiction to increase diversity in literature and publishing. The Dean said yes, and David Haynes went to work, amassing an advisory board that reads like a Who’s Who of contemporary African American literature.

The inaguaral class of the Center for African American fiction, aptly called Kimbilio, spent a week in Taos, New Mexico in June 2013. The students had the privilege of studying under ZZ Packer, Dolen Perkins-Valdez, and David Haynes himself, learning not just the craft of literature, but how to navigate a publishing world that continues to shut out authors of color, claiming the work is not “marketable.”  The lessons are an invaluable resource to uplift and empower our own, because as we can see, no one else is going to do it for us. And in just a few days, the second class of Kimbilio Fellows will arrive in Taos, New Mexico for Kimbilio Year 2.

In addition to his revolutionary work in building the first ever retreat and community for African American fiction writers, David Haynes is the author of seven novels for adults and five for younger readers. His most recent novel is the critically acclaimed A Star in the Face of the Sky. Haynes was named one of America’s best young novelists by Granta Magazine, has received a fellowship from the Minnesota State Arts Board, and is currently a director of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP). He is also an Associate Professor of English at Southern Methodist University where he directs the creative writing program. He teaches regularly in the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and has taught in the MFA Programs at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Hamline University, the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD, and at the Writers’ Garret in Dallas. Haynes, and several of his short stories have been read and recorded for the National Public Radio series “Selected Shorts.”

KCAAF: Where did you grow up?

David Haynes: I grew up outside of St. Louis, in a small community of working class black folks surrounded on all sides by working class white folks. (more…)

Congratulations to the 2014 Kimbilio Fellows

Jamel Brinkley

Tia Clark

Zinzi Clemmons

Brian Gilmore

Andy Johnson

George Jordan

Jamie Moore

Kima Jones

Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa

Kecia Lynn

LaToya Watkins

Monica West

 They’ll be spending a week in Taos with returning Fellows from 2013.  Stay tuned for more details.