Dismantle: An Anthology of Writing from the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop

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Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation (VONA) was founded by Elmaz Abinader, Junot Díaz, Victor Díaz and Diem Jones in 1999. Each envisioned an arts organization that could change the landscape for writers of color by supporting individual writer growth, creating a platform for community engagement and providing a workshop and mentor focus to expand writing opportunities. Over 2,000 writers from around the globe have participated in VONA. Dismantle is an anthology of creative ...
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Overview


Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation (VONA) was founded by Elmaz Abinader, Junot Díaz, Victor Díaz and Diem Jones in 1999. Each envisioned an arts organization that could change the landscape for writers of color by supporting individual writer growth, creating a platform for community engagement and providing a workshop and mentor focus to expand writing opportunities. Over 2,000 writers from around the globe have participated in VONA. Dismantle is an anthology of creative work from VONA alum and its award-winning teachers.

Contributors include: Chris Abani, Elmaz Abinader, Faith Adiele, Kimberly Alidio, Hari Alluri, LiYun Alvarado, Anna Alves, Vibiana Aparicio-Chamberlin, Adam Balm, Oscar Bermeo, Tara Betts, Amalia B. Bueno, jewel bush, Ching-In Chen, Sharline Chiang, Monét Cooper, William Copeland, Jennifer De Leon, Junot Diaz, Gail M. Dottin, teri elam, M.J.Fievre, Nikky Finney, Cristina Garcia, Minal Hajratwala, Tatiana Richards Hanebutte, Scott Hernandez, Sasha Hom, Ashaki M. Jackson, Mitchell S. Jackson, Mat Johnson, Diem Jones, Jourdan Imani Keith, Mũthoni Kiarie, Alan King, Laila Lalami, Alberto Ledesma, Kenji C. Liu, David S. Maduli, Mia Ayumi Malhotra, Vanessa Mártir, Maaza Mengiste, Rajiv Mohabir, Janine Mogannam, David Mura, Cynthia Dewi Oka, Rae Paris, Mai Perkins, Roopa Ramamoorthi, Jo Reyes-Boitel, Linda Maria Rodriguez Guglielmoni, Leah Silvieus, Anastacia Tolbert, Justin Torres, Sevé Torres, Ky-Phong Tran, Torrie Valentine, Norma Liliana Valdez, and thandiwe Dee Watts-Jones. With an introduction by Junot Díaz.

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"VONA has been an astonishingly rich source of great talent and brilliant work. This anthology bursts from that deep well. It is essential work from important writers." -Luis Alberto Urrea
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780989747417
  • Publisher: Thread Makes Blanket Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2014
  • Pages: 275
  • Sales rank: 498,528
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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"We founded the Voices of Our Nation Workshop because all the founders…were haunted one way or another by "what might have beens." And because we saw a deep need for a space where writers of color from all backgrounds could gather to develop their art in a safe supportive environment. We saw the need for a space where, as writers of color, our ideas, critiques, concerns, our craft and, above all, our experiences would be privileged rather than marginalized; encouraged rather than trivialized; discussed intelligently rather than exoticized; a space where the stories we tell (and how we choose tell them) are considered cornerstones to the project of literature. We saw a need for a decolonial space where writers of color could deliberate critically on matters of race, ethnicity, self-hate, colorism, ______ (etc) freely and without fear. >From its inception Voices has aspired to be the kind of space where all the above would be possible--all the above and more. We founders conceived the workshop as a revolution." --Junot Diaz, from the introduction
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