Nikky Finney’s 2011 NBA Speech

Today’s Author Friday video: Nikky Finney’s acceptance speech from last year’s National Book Awards ceremony. I know it made the rounds all over the place last November, but it’s so amazing that I just felt like hearing it again. The speech starts at about 4:45. You can get a transcript of the speech here viaContinue reading “Nikky Finney’s 2011 NBA Speech”

You Bring Out the Mexican in Me

Forgive me if this blog gets a little Sandra-licious on you this week…Sandra Cisneros is in town to do a reading/signing  for Latino Heritage Month. No joke: I’ve been waiting for this day for about seven months now. I wrote a large chunk of my MA thesis on Caramelo (I’ll try to refrain from blurtingContinue reading “You Bring Out the Mexican in Me”

I Am So Depressed I Feel Like Jumping in the River Behind My House but Won’t Because I’m Thirty-Eight and Not Eighteen

By Sandra Cisneros From Loose Woman: Poems Bring me a drink. I need to think a little. Paper. Pen. And I could use the stink of a good cigar–even though the sun’s out. The grackles in the trees. The grackles inside my heart. Broken feathers and stiff wings. I could jump. But I don’t. You couldContinue reading “I Am So Depressed I Feel Like Jumping in the River Behind My House but Won’t Because I’m Thirty-Eight and Not Eighteen”