Category: Columns

Postcards to the Future: LEGACY Sonia Sanchez

Sonia Sanchez and Lucille Clifton in Conversation  with Eisa Davis, 2002 This excerpt is from the transcript of a conversation jointly sponsored by Cave Canem and the New School, which was the first in an ongoing series of evenings with Cave Canem. Originating in 1996 as a vision of a retreat to support African-American poets, Cave Canem is a vital

Postcards to the Future: LEGACY Harryette Mullen

In this poem by Harryette Mullen, the idea of Legacy is presented through the historic violence of dispassionate bureaucratic language, the policies of oppression, and slippages of their true significance. Through this form of text, Mullen outlines historical oppression of vulnerable people, with emphasis on the African diaspora.    We Are Not Responsible  by Harryette

Postcards to the Future: LEGACY Yona Harvey

In this poem by Yona Harvey, the idea of Legacy is underscored not only through oppression but the enduring spirit of Black womanhood in power connecting to her primordial spirit.    The River Wanderer by Yona Harvey There was a river turned to   Goddess.      Was kin to river turned to Flame.   As

Postcards to the Future: LEGACY Erica Hunt inheritance

Excerpts from Erica Hunt’s introduction to Letters to the Future: Black Women / Radical Writing. Angle, Defy Gravity, Land Unpredictably By Erica Hunt The future is a slippery project. What can it hold? We asked writers to write about it, imagining the future as the present conjugated—conjoining the past, the present with some other time. Don’t writers

Notes from the Motherfield LIVE / March 6

Friday, March 6, 2020, 5:30pm doors; storytelling 6pm: SOLD OUT Regular tickets are SOLD OUT but you can still participate by Gifting A Ticket designated we will get to someone who wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend, or,  make a contribution to support accessibility by our Deaf and blind community. Email to be added to