The Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes and Shifts of Los Angeles

Posted in Anthologies, Books, Media Archive, Poetry, United States on 2016-04-22 01:34Z by Steven

The Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes and Shifts of Los Angeles

Northwestern University Press
250 pages
Paperback ISBN-13: 978-1882688524

Edited by:

Daniel A. Olivas

Neelanjana Banerjee

Ruben J. Rodriguez

This anthology features the vitality and variety of verse in the City of Angels, a city of poets. This is more about range then representation, voice more than volume. Los Angeles has close to 60 percent people of color, 225 languages spoken at home, and some of the richest and poorest persons in the country. With an expansive 502.7 square miles of city (and beyond, including the massive county of 4,752.32 square miles), the poetry draws on imagery, words, stories, and imaginations that are also vast, encompassing, a real “leaves of grass.”

Well-known poets include Holly Prado, Ruben Martinez, traci kato-kiriyama, and Lynne Thompson. Many strong new voices, however, makes this a well-rounded collection for any literary class, program, bookstore, or event.

The image of the coiled serpent appears in various forms in mythologies throughout Asia, Africa, Europe, India, and America. In pre-conquest times, Quetzalcoatl—the Precious Serpent—served as a personification of earth-bound wisdom, the arts and eldership in so-called Meso-America, one of seven “cradles of civilization” that also includes China, Nigeria, Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Indus Valley, and Peru.

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Half + Half: Writers on Growing Up Biracial and Bicultural

Posted in Anthologies, Autobiography, Books, Identity Development/Psychology, Media Archive on 2010-02-12 05:23Z by Steven

Half + Half: Writers on Growing Up Biracial and Bicultural

Pantheon an imprint of Random House
288 pages
ISBN: 978-0-375-70011-8 (0-375-70011-0)

Edited by Claudine C. O’Hearn

As we approach the twenty-first century, biracialism and biculturalism are becoming increasingly common.  Skin color and place of birth are no longer reliable signifiers of one’s identity or origin.  Simple questions like What are you? and Where are you from? aren’t answered—they are discussed.  These eighteen essays, joined by a shared sense of duality, address the difficulties of not fitting into and the benefits of being part of two worlds.  Through the lens of personal experience, they offer a broader spectrum of meaning for race and culture.  And in the process, they map a new ethnic terrain that transcends racial and cultural division.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction by Claudine Chiawei O’Hearn
  • LOST IN PLACE by Garrett Hongo
  • THE DOUBLE HELIX by Roxane Farmanfarmaian
  • CALIFORNIA PALMS by le thi diem thuy
  • MORO LIKE ME by Francisco Goldman
  • THE ROAD FROM BALLYGUNGE by Bharati Mukherjee
  • LIFE AS AN ALIEN by Meri Nana-Ama Danquah
  • LOST IN THE MIDDLE by Malcolm Gladwell
  • A WHITE WOMAN OF COLOR by Julia Alvarez
  • A MIDDLE PASSAGE by Philippe Wamba
  • FOOD AND THE IMMIGRANT by Indira Ganesan
  • WHAT COLOR IS JESUS? by James McBride
  • POSTCARDS FROM “HOME” by Lori Tsang
  • FROM HERE TO POLAND by Nina Mehta
  • TECHNICOLOR by Ruben Martinez
  • AN ETHNIC  TRUMP by Gish Jen
  • About the Authors
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