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Monday, May 18, 2015
Red Letter Press Majority people's anthology Talking Back, voices of color
at the Los Angeles book launch for Talking Back:
Voices of Color
Dynamic anthology by
writers of color "talks back" to power
A new anthology, Talking Back: Voices of Color (Red
Letter Press, 2015),presents an
unusually diverse group of writers speaking out on issues affecting communities
of color. Contributors share tales of survival, explore little-known history,
and offer insightful cultural reviews. Nellie Wong, a widely published Bay Area
poet and social justice activist, is the book's editor and author of the
introduction, a striking meditation on the importance of "talking back" in
asserting identity and power on an individual and collective level.
Like Wong, the book's contributors are involved in
community organizing. Based in a number of locations, their identities include
Black, Latino, Asian/Pacific American, indigenous North American and Aboriginal
Australian, Palestinian, immigrant, feminist, youth, elder, LGBTQ, students,
unionists, former prisoners, and more. Their aim is to communicate and mobilize.
Speaking from and to the grassroots, their offerings are readable, persuasive,
free from academic jargon, and rich with personal experience.
Black readers will find themselves represented in a
number of articles. Duciana Thomas recounts her participation in the fight to
preserve working-class education. School teacher Lillian Thompson shows how
charter schools perpetuate inequality.Mark Cook, a political prisoner for 24 years, describes the slave-labor
conditions in U.S. prisons. Black Panther leader Eddie Conway speaks out in a
prison interview. John Hatchett tells how he, as a faculty advisor, helped
female students at Bennett College plan the historic Greensboro sit-ins. Sarah
Scott reviews the novel "We Need New Names," dealing with the experience of
African immigrants. Ralph Poynter describes how his wife, attorney Lynne
Stewart, became a political prisoner and calls for the release of all political
prisoners.Nellie Wong pays tribute
to radical Black, gay poet Langston Hughes. Norma Abdulah, a 90-something
radical Black activist and Harlem resident, tells her story.
Other highlights include: Nancy Reiko Kato's discussion
of the contributions of women of color to the movement for reproductive rights;
aboriginal leader Lex Wotton's discussion of racism and police violence in
Australia; Palestinian exile Farouk Abdel-Muhti's harrowing description of being
held in U.S. prisons without charges for nearly two years following 9/11; Miriam
Padilla's account of her evolution from an impoverished "graffiti girl" to
single mother, college student and political organizer.
African American scholar, unionist, and former civil
rights organizer James Wright calls the book "a treasure" by a "rainbow of
radical authors." Alice Goff, a Black immigrant labor leader and community
activist, predicts that even readers who don't share the opinions of the authors
may "come away with a different perspective and possibly be moved to question
the status quo."Another reviewer,
Arab American artist and writer Happy Hyder, says the book's "fearless and
varied voices" reveal "the true meaning of political action." Sociologist Dr.
Jesse Díaz, Jr. says the book will lead to increased understanding of the
activist of color's "toils for equality and justice." Karin Aguilar-San Juan, an
associate professor and Filipina American lesbian, describes the writings as
resonant with "pain and rage… light and power and hope."
Well-attended book launches for Talking Back:Voices of Color were held during the
first weeks of May in New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, and
Voices of Color is available from
RedLetterPress.org, Amazon.com, Powells.com, Google Books, Barnes and Noble and
other booksellers in both paperback and ebook editions.
Voices of ColorEdited and with an
introduction by Nellie Wong
Red Letter Press, 2015
$15.00, 240 pages,
paperback, 5.5" x 8.5", index
Print version: ISBN 978-0-932323-32-3 Ebook: ISBN