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Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference Fellow 2019 Rashaad Thomas

Rashaad Thomas

Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference Fellow 2019
Piper Writers Studio Instructor 2019

About Rashaad Thomas

Rashaad Thomas is a USAF Veteran, essayist, poet, and Voices of Our Nation’s Art Foundation (VONA/Voices) alum, who resides in South Phoenix, AZ. He is an Associate Editor for Hayden Ferry Review. He is also a contributor for the University of Arizona Poetry Center Blog and MyClickUrban.com. Thomas is the recipient of the 2016 City of Phoenix Mayor’s Art Award for Language Artist. He is a Spring 2017 MacDowell Colony Fellow and 2017 Hellen Ingram Plummer MacDowell Colony Fellow of the Year. His work can be found in the book Trayvon Martin, Race, and American Justice: Writing Wrong, The Rumpus, Heart Journal Online, Columbia Poetry Review, and others.

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Writers of Color in a White Man's Literary World
Rashaad Thomas

Friday, February 22, 2019, 4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Location: Basha, Old Main
Type: Discussion
Genre: African American Studies, Asian American Studies, Indigenous Studies, Latinx Studies, Writing Life

What is it like to be a poet of color in a literary world dominated by white men? What does it mean to be a writer of color without an MFA walking the hallways of the academy’s ivory tower that continue to colonize spaces of color? Writers of color will engage in a discussion exploring questions that are common while existing in a white man’s literary world. Participants will look at two poems and one essay that showcases how writers of color historically have nurtured their authentic voice and given a voice for the silenced.