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To create this inaugural anthology from artist collective POC United, the editors of Graffiti gave the contributors a special challenge: to write in a way that centers neither "whiteness" nor "anti-whiteness” and that is not limited by their struggle, their oppression, or how their characters will be received by the white imagination. The results are joyous and mind-expanding. Through poetry, short stories, and essays, the works in Graffiti expose lives that move in unexpected ways, rendering characters who don’t fit the cultural tropes we cling to. Graffiti shows what writers of color do when they are invited to scribble, scrawl, romanticize, and speculate without being politicized or exoticized.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781939904348
Publisher: Aunt Lute Books
Publication date: 01/15/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 192
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Pallavi Dhawan is a writer and lawyer living in Los Angeles. She received her bachelor of arts in political science and international relations as well as her juris doctor from University of California, Los Angeles. She is an alumna of VONA/Voices, the Community of Writers at Sq. Valley, and Hedgebrook. She is working on her first novel.

Table of Contents

Editors' Note i

Foreword Nayomi Munaweera iii

Your Spot on the Wall: Introduction Elmaz Abinader vii

Gra-fe'te poetry Devi S. Laskar 1

Birthday Spells fiction Monique Quintana 3

The Face Reader fiction Bhaskar Caduveti Rao 11

In Public fiction Kirin Khan 19

Poetry Alycia Pirmohamed

Letter to My Body 29

We Have the Endings 31

Twisted Wood 33

My Life is a Tapestry nonfiction Ramy El-Etreby 35

Suicide Jacq fiction Gary Dauphin 41

Nilscape fiction Laura Lucas 59

Winning Prizes for Just Living nonfiction Vickie Vértiz 71

Unburning the Body poetry Natalie Graham 77

Stranded nonfiction Pallavi Dhawan 79

Loop fiction L. Penelope 83

Poetry Tongo Eisen-Martin

Cut A Hand From A Hand 91

May we all refuse to die at the same time 95

Channels to fall asleep to 99

The Girl and the Moth fiction Lin Y. Leong 101

On Writing nonfiction Sarah LaBrie 115

Poetry Cynthia Alessandra Briano

To Maria, Mi Fea, Love, Jesse 121

To Jesse, Love, Maria Guadalupe A. 123

In a Hard Man's Town fiction Tamika Thompson 127

Poetry Kay Ulanday Barrett

While looking at photo albums 143

Rhythm is a Dancer, Again 145

Sister nonfiction Kanika Punwani 147

Contributor Biographies 163

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