Signal Boost: DC Area: Call for Authors, Call for Poets
Greetings! My name is Rashid Darden. I am a novelist and a member of Gamma Xi Phi, the professional fraternity for men and women in the arts. I am writing you today to ask for your help in securing novelists and poets for two upcoming events. Please consider participating yourself or forwarding this email to someone who might. I can be reached at email@example.com for further information.
Event #1: A Novel Affair
On Saturday, November 15, 2014, from 1pm-4pm at the Greater Tried Stone Baptist Church in Columbia Heights (tentative location), GXP will be hosting between 5-7 novelists who have volunteered to read excerpts from their novels and provide encouraging remarks to novelists and aspiring novelists. This event is in conjunction with other FREE National Novel Writing Month activities across the city.
We are looking for published novelists - traditional, independent/self, and small press are all welcome. Three have already confirmed and we would like no more than four additional novelists. The novelists and/or their publishers will also have the opportunity to sell their works at the event.
Interested novelists should contact Rashid Darden at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than August 31, 2014.
Event #2: Living Black History - A Poetic Teach-In
On Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 2pm to 7pm at the Greater Tried Stone Baptist Church in Columbia Heights (tentative location), GXP will be hosting a poetic teach-in to honor Black History Month. We are recruiting a combination of local poetry professors, English teachers, and working poets to lecture, teach, and perform in 20-minute blocks. The purpose of this FREE community event is to highlight the contributions of black poets to the literary and cultural landscape.
We have many slots available but want to have a balance of seasoned poetic veterans and new/emerging poets. Although this is not a competition, slam teams are just as welcome as individual written poets.
Interested poets and poetry educators should contact Rashid Darden at email@example.com no later than November 30, 2014.
For more about Gamma Xi Phi, please visit www.gammaxiphi.org or www.facebook.com/GammaXiPhi. The chapter in Washington, DC is home to the first national president of the fraternity as well as working writers, photographers, and performing artists.
“Most of the world’s exploited labor comes from women. Women work in the sweatshops and the giant factories. Women sow and tend and harvest the world’s crops. Women carry and birth and raise children. Women wash and clean and shop and cook. Women care for the sick and the elderly. All of this - layer upon layer of labor - is what makes human society possible. Ripping it off is what makes capitalism possible.”—Exodus and Reconstruction: Working-Class Women at the Heart of Globalization (via amodernmanifesto)
“When students encounter teachers who see things in them that they have not yet discovered in themselves, they remember those teachers. Those teachers helped them become who that they were meant to be. These teachers didn’t train them; they educated them.”—Education builds character (via gjmueller)
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“Seemingly unaware of my presence, these [‘very blond, very white, jock type’] young men talked about their plans to fuck as many girls from other racial/ethnic groups as they could ‘catch’ before graduation. They ‘ran’ it down. Black girls were high on the list, Native American girls hard to find, Asian girls (all lumped into the same category), deemed easier to entice, were considered ‘prime targets.’… ‘Naturally,’ the presence of the Other, the body of the Other, was seen as existing to serve the ends of white male desires…. They claim the body of the colored Other instrumentally, as an unexplored terrain, a symbolic frontier that will be fertile ground for their reconstruction of the masculine norm, for asserting themselves as transgressive desiring subjects.”—bell hooks, Black Looks: Race and Representation (via no-dickpix)
“Some historians told me 200 million Blacks died during slavery. The smallest number I got from anybody was 60 million. There were travel accounts of people who were in the Congo—that’s a wide river—saying, ‘We could not get the boat through the river, it was choked with bodies.’ That’s like a logjam. A lot of people died. Half of them died in those ships. Slave trade was like cocaine is now—even though it was against the law, that didn’t stop anybody. Imagine getting $1,000 for a human being. That’s a lot of money. There are fortunes in this country that were made that way.”—Toni Morrison (via sonofbaldwin)
“The Women’s Liberation Movement is basically a family quarrel between white women and white men. And on general principles, it’s not good to get involved in family disputes. Outsiders always get shafted when the dust settles. On the other hand I must support some of the goals [equal pay, child-care centers, etc.] …..but if we speak of a liberation movement, as a black woman I view my role from a black perspective —the role of black women is to continue the struggle in concert with black men for the liberation and self-determination of blacks. White power was not created to protect and preserve us as women. Nor can we view ourselves as simply American women. We are black women, and as such we must deal effectively in the black community.”—
Essence Magazine Editor in Chief Ida Lewis to Nikki Giovanni, on why black women were not as involved with the Women’s Liberation Movement.
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