Claudia Castro Luna, Honorée Fannone Jeffers, Sasha LaPointe
The book response to the racial justice protests of 2020 are taking many forms and will, some of them structural within the book world, some in the books being published. One eloquent, very direct response is a new anthology, There’s A Revolution Outside, My Love: Letters from a Crisis (Vintage), edited by recent U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith and poet/editor John Freeman. Over twenty writers and poets, some renowned, some for whom this will be the first larger exposure, from across the length and breadth of the land wrote dispatches from their respective places, many published in the online book review publication, Literary Hub. Each is varied in its way, and yet with common themes that can be drawn. Seattle poet Claudia Castro Luna, Tacoma poet/prose writer Sasha LaPointe, and Oklahoma-based poet/prose writer/scholar Honorée Fanonne Jeffers will, for this program, read from their pieces, and discuss whence this writing springs from, in the context of both this book and this country.
“Angry, rueful, and defiant, the impressive roster of award-winning writers and academics portrays a nation wracked by pain…. An eloquent and urgent collection.” —Kirkus Reviews.
“Written from the inner chambers of the heart, resonating with the questions that keep us up at night, and offering the recognition and generosity…. This book is a promise, a solace, a sounding of our cries for justice and need for love. It’s nothing short of essential.” —Garnette Cadogan, Literary Hub.
Claudia Castro Luna is author of the poetry collection, Killing Marías, was Seattle’s first Civic Poet and has just concluded terms as Washington State Poet Laureate. Sasha LaPointe (Upper Skagit/Nooksack) has a memoir, Red Paint, forthcoming from Counterpoint, and a poetry collection, Rose Quartz, coming from Milkweed. Honorée Fanonne Jeffers’ most recent poetry collection, a poetic biography of Phillis Wheatley Peters, The Age of Phillis, was longlisted for the National Book Award, shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and received the NAACP Image Award. A monumental first novel, The Love Songs of W.E.B. DuBois (HarperCollins), is forthcoming, with an Elliott Bay virtual reading slated for August 10 (stay tuned!).