July 07, 2007

Ellison's Grandbabies

I've been meaning to discuss this essay for nearly a week. Time constraints and fatigue have kept me from doing so; but I will get to it either Sunday or Monday soon. In the meantime:

Writers Like Me by Martha Southgate

I am a 46-year-old writer of "literary"¯ fiction. I've had three novels published — the first for young people, the last two for adults. All have won minor prizes, been respectfully reviewed and sold modestly. I've been awarded a few fairly competitive fellowships and grants. The business is full of fiction writers like me. With one difference: I'm black, born and raised in the United States. At the parties and conferences I attend, and in the book reviews I read, I rarely encounter other African-American "literary"¯ writers, particularly in my age bracket. There just don't seem to be that many of us out there, and that's something I've come to wonder about a great deal. And so I got on the phone with some editors and African-American writers to talk about it.


That's just the opening graph. Do read the entire piece and search the web for reactions. Both good and bad. Again, I'll have my own thoughts on the essay — and of course, the many reactions it's engendered — shortly.That's just the opening graph. Do read the entire piece and search the web for reactions. Both good and bad. Again, I'll have my own thoughts on the essay — and of course, the many reactions it's engendered — shortly.




Posted by ronn at July 7, 2007 01:03 AM

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From the article: When asked why he didn’t make the leap to full-time writing sooner, Jones spoke firmly: “If you’re born poor or you’re born working-class, a job is important. People who are born with silver spoons in their mouths never have to worry. They know someone will take care of them. Worrying about not having a job would have put a damper on any creativity that I would have had. So I’m glad I had that job.” Financial insecurity has been the bane of my existence whether related to my acting or my writing. How to keep a roof over my head while pursuing my art has always been a major challenge. Posted by: Bernie [TypeKey Profile Page] on July 7, 2007 08:52 AM
Bernie, I think we all suffer from that, especially if we're in the arts or have non-traditional careers. I know I suffer from this with my stalled goals for my publishing venture. I'm hopeful that like Jones, I will move forward with it. Posted by: ronn [TypeKey Profile Page] on July 9, 2007 11:25 PM
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