Guest Writer for February: Sarah L. Webb!
Now that the zine is done I have a little breathing room, which means, time to start new projects! And, 1st on my list is to tell you about the guest writer for February, Sarah L. Webb!! Sarah and I attended the same MFA program at California College of the Arts, and I have always been a fan of her work as a poet. Since we graduated in 2010, she has been doing a lot of work as a blogger, teacher, and community organizer. And, I have to say, I’m a big fan of that, too!
In 2014, Sarah hosted a poetry contest through her site, www.colorismhealing.org, and she received 338 submissions from poets who had been affected by colorism. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, the site defines colorism as, “prejudiced attitudes or prejudiced treatment of people based on the relative lightness or darkness of their skin in comparison to others of the same race.”
Sarah’s piece for SOUND:POETREE:: is a response to the experience of reading those poems and confronting colorism in her own life. It is poetic and deeply moving. I’m looking forward to sharing it with you!