Aster(ix) Newsletter #4


 

“As I served myself a plate I digested what was actually happening; I was hosting eleven black feminist artist-activist-scholars in the Dominican Republic for a week. And we had started with the ancestors.” 

Happy Spring! We are thrilled to launch a new issue, Ra(i)ces, guest edited by writer and scholar, Ana Maurine Lara.  Despite the challenging Northeast weather, Aster(ix) started 2014 fired up. In January, we collaborated with Kwelijournal.com where the collective Desveladas (Nelly Rosario, Sheila Maldonado and Macarena Hernandez), presented to a full house in the NYTimes building, a project-in-process disrupting and reimagining the borders/border.  Also in January, Aster(ix) founder and poetry editor, Marta Lucía Vargas, curated Montclair Art Museum’s first Poets Residency where she wrote poems alongside Dawn Lundy Martin, Yona Harvey and Crystal Williams.

RAC(i)es: Black Feminist Encounters

Edited by Ana Maurine Lara

Contributors: Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Courtney Desiree Morris, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Matt Richardson, Fatima Portorreal Liriano


Moyumba by Ana-Maurine Lara, Guest Editor

Moyumba by Ana-Maurine Lara, Guest Editor

Iya Abebbe Oshun arranged a dress on a wooden statue that re …

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Asterisms: Unbound and Noteworthy


Riding the American Rails by Madhu Kaza

Riding the American Rails by Madhu Kaza

“During the month or so that my father spent in an Intensive Care Unit in a hospital in suburban Detroit, my travel habits changed in peculiar ways.”

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Summer of Nene by Ivellise Rodriguez

Summer of Nene by Ivellise Rodriguez

 

“We never speak about what we do.  Our words come in the form of knots in our hearts, glances, and brief touches on the hot of my back. “

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From the Web…

Against Forgetting: Chris Abani and Victor Lavalle at Community Bookstore

“What proceeded was a challenging, freewheeling, and often hilarious dialogue on the complex web of transnational politics and cultural reference that informs Abani’s audacious, multifacted, and, at times, brutal work…”

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Aster(ix) Recommends

While you’re at it, check out Chris Abani’s new book The Secret History of Las Vegas. 

“[A]n unsettling and complex entanglement of outsiders, freak shows, secret government experiments into mental illness, racism, sexual exploitation and fighting dwarfs….What lifts the novel is its energy, the audacity of Abani’s imagination, and most all the breadth of vision.”—The New York Times Book Review

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at TED

Congratulations to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie who recently won the National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction. 

We Should All Be Feminists: at TED