The daughter of Chinese immigrants, Tina Chang was born in Oklahoma in 1969 and raised in Queens, New York. She was elected the Poet Laureate of Brooklyn in 2010, and teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.
Perhaps I hold people to impossible ideals,
I tell them, something is wrong with your
Helen Gurley Brown died today, at age 90, after a short illness. In Gurley Brown’s obituary in the New York Times, Margalit Fox wrote:
Ms. Brown routinely described herself as a feminist, but whether her work helped or hindered the cause of women’s liberation has been publicly debated for decades....
Amazing performances for women in women’s boxing event, including this tremendous gold-medal performance by 17 year old middleweight Claressa Shields of Flint, Michigan. ESPN called it: “A performance worthy of Cassius Clay, Joe Frazier, Oscar De La Hoya and every American Olympic champion...
Beau Sia is a Chinese-American performance poet. In her history of the New York poetry slam movement, author Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz wrote:
Beau Sia took Maggie Estep’s pop culture reference-heavy work to the next level, bouncing across the stage, frenzied and electrified. His work was...
From the Wall Street Journal Speakeasy blog: Throughout the 2012 London Olympic Games, Guggenheim fellowship-winning poet Kwame Dawes will be writing verses that capture the spirit of the day’s action, with a particular focus on the Jamaican team.
WE ARE HERE
Ms. Gabriella finally speaks her mind
The Crunk Feminist Collective on gymnastics “smile politics” and the racist dismissal of Gabby Douglas.
The New York Times on Wojdan Shaherkani, the first female Saudi Olympian.
The Washington Post on Kayla Harrison, who overcame years of sexual assault by her first coach to win gold in...
If you were watching the by turns corny, head-scratching, and acid-trippy opening ceremony of the London Olympics last night, you may have seen Irish actor Kenneth Branagh declaiming lines from Shakespeare (while in a Victorian morning coat, which was sort of odd but it was that kind of night). The lines...
D. Nurkse is an American poet, translator, and human rights activist. He has served as poet laureate of Brooklyn, and teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence and Rikers Island Correctional Facility in New York.
How We Are Made Light
Pity the visitors
bent under shopping bags,
who have kept their huge hats
Gentle readers, I give you the greatest reader take-down of a lousy anti-feminist novel ever.
It’s hilarious! It’s insightful! There are fabulous, fabulous gifs!
Please enjoy Katrina Lumsden’s GoodReads review of Fifty Shades of Grey.
(Yes, I have read the book. And yes, she’s...
First a warning: I’ve written before—often with plenty of feminist snark—about the many ways women are told that our genitals need to be pinker, surgically altered, and more aesthetically pleasing. But that was just to lambast some ridiculous new trend in genital grooming (pube conditioner!...
Eve Merriam (1916-1992) was an American poet who specialized in works for children and young adults. Her book of poetry, The Inner City Mother Goose was so controversial it’s been described as one of the most banned books of all time.
How to Eat a Poem
Don’t be polite.
Pick it up...
William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878) was an American romantic poet, journalist and longtime editor of the New York Evening Post. This poem captures how dreadful the heat wave is in most of North America at the moment!
It is a sultry day; the sun has drunk
The dew that lay upon the morning grass;