Desirable, profitable, dismissable: New UW Press book explores how Tlingit women supported their families through traditional beadwork turned tourist goods
Book review: ‘Painful Beauty: Tlingit Women, Beadwork, and the Art of Resistance’ By Megan A. Smetzer
In “Painful Beauty: Tlingit Women, Beadwork, and the Art of Resilience,” Megan A. Smetzer explores how Tlingit women have beaded beautiful, detailed and colorful designs for over 150 years. Smetzer is a white artist, author and lecturer in the department of art history at Capilano University in North Vancouver.
“Punch Me Up to the Gods” by Brian Broome is a somber memoir that focuses on Blackness, queerness, poverty and addiction. Despite such strong and difficult themes, the memoir is funny in places and hopeful in others. The language is also deceptively simple and almost journalistic, where Broome seems to be reporting things that happened to someone else.
Between the Bliss and Me by Lizzy Mason is a young adult novel focusing on mental illness, romance, and how family history can affect the plans of a teen. Eighteen-year-old Sidney Holman has decided to attend New York University (NYU), instead of her mother’s preferred Rutgers University, as a way to rebel and move out of the apartment that she shares with her mother. Sydney’s father, who left her when she was a child due to drug addiction, is a schizophrenic, Sydney learns that he is living ...
Unfollow Me: Essays on Complicity by Jill Louise Busby (also known for her online persona Jillsiblack) is a collection of essays on social media, racism, tokenism, liberalism, identity, and fame. The essays also discuss white fragility, and the performance of being woke among progressives and liberals and incorporating diversity practices by companies and corporations.
Brother, Sister, Mother, Explorer is the debut novel of Jamie Figueroa. Her bio on her website states that she is “Boricua (Afro-Taíno) by way of Ohio and long-time resident of northern New Mexico.” Boricua is a person from Puerto Rico by birth or descent and the Taíno “were an Arawak people who were the indigenous people of the Caribbean and Florida.” The novel is set in the tourist town of Ciudad de Tres Hermanas (translated as the City of Three Sisters) over a weekend.
Know My Name is Chanel Miller’s memoir where she writes about her life, including her now highly publicized sexual assault in January 2015 and the events that unfolded after that.
The memoir focuses on the day of the assault as well as the court case, People vs. Turner. Turner was convicted of three charges of felony sexual assault.
Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century, edited by Alice Wong is a collection of essays from disabled authors covering a wide range of topics. Feminist Book Club selected the book for May and a portion of sales was donated to the Disability Visibility Project, founded by Alice Wong. The book was published on the 30th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act and is divided into four sections.
Land of Big Numbers is a collection of short stories written by Te-Ping Chen, a Wall Street Journal journalist. Drawing on her experience of living in China, Chen creates a portrait of how everyday life in China looks like as well as its diaspora. The stories also show the social, political, and family life in China while also discussing issues of an authoritarian government, multi-generational families, and relationships on the personal and the community level. I interviewed Chen on her inspiration behind this collection, her time in China, her favorite stories, her reading, and her advice.
Michelle Ruiz Keil is a writer and tarot reader who lives in Portland, Oregon, and has “an eye for the enchanted and a way with animals.” Summer in the City of Roses is her second novel after All of Us With Wings, and is a retelling of the Greek myth of Iphigenia and the Grimm fairytale “Brother and Sister.” Set over a summer in early 1990s Portland, the story focuses on 17-year-old Iph and her sensitive younger brother, Orr.
Emilly Giselle Prado is a writer, community organizer, and the Director of Youth Programs at Literary Arts in Portland, Oregon with roots in the San Francisco Bay Area and Michoacán, Mexico. Her debut essay collection, Funeral for Flaca, is a Chicana coming-of-age essay collection is poignant. I sat down with her to discuss her essays—each titled after a song like a playlist, her use of Spanish in the collection, and how she was writing during the pandemic.
We wanted to highlight some great books by trans and non-binary authors. As a reader, I was excited to read the following books by trans/non-binary authors or books that feature trans/non-binary protagonists. These books have helped me to better understand the trans/non-binary community.
Edited the cover article for Uploader (UK and US) magazine, featuring Jacqueline City Jacqueline City, a disabled fashion designer taking the world by storm with her brand, Jacqueline City Apparel. This was in In honor of Disability History Month. City suffers from dysautonomia and October is Disability History Month and also, Dysautonomia Awareness Month.
Edited a journal anthology, Me and You Living Life Until Our Last Breath, that has poems on the narrative of the Black experience. Available on Amazon.
Summary- This international issue features African poets. The goal of this anthology is to down stereotypical walls of the Black experience and show the truth through the words of Black folks.
Edited this interesting fantasy story based on Filipino legends. Written by Mark Tan, The Tikbalang Incident story is available on Amazon.
Summary- Abducted by a tikbalang; a powerful mystical being, Clarita went missing for months. Saved by a mysterious pintados warrior, the life that she knew was gone. Desperate, all she wanted to do was leave and start a new life somewhere else, but the Monarchy would not allow it. They sent special investigators to get information from her. Misery, fear, and revelations will push her to the brink, and she will be impelled into her destiny.
Edited, proofread, and formatted this beautiful, heart-wrenching, and emotional collection of poems, Duality by Sage Leroux.
Summary- Duality is a modern poetry collection focused on how to live and thrive in the extremes of life. Read along to see how true freedom comes when we realize we do not need to limit ourselves to one side of the story; We can be both or all things that we want to be. These poems process the parts of life that aren't always pretty, such as trauma, mental health, and pain. But there is also hope, and poetry that highlights empowerment, love, and growth all in one.