I remember the first time I stopped straightening my hair with chemicals, blow dryers, and flat irons. I was a senior in high school, on the swim team, just about ready to graduate, and heading to Antioch College. At that same moment I began owning my journey as an activist and feminist, reading works by Alice Walker, and Maya Angelo. Audre Lorde, Pat Parker, Arundhati Roy, bell hooks, Joy Harjo, Marjane Satrapi, Sandras Cisneros and Winona LaDuke have also welcomed me through the years. Each one has, in some way, reminded me who I am with words, and humor, and most certainly with the truth. When I look to fellow activist-artists, it instills in me a sense of possibility. And this holiday season, I’ve decided to share a few of my favorite creations from women of color who are doing it themselves! This will be a multi-genre endeavor, with works form makers in diverse disciplines. Today, I’m kicking off the series with women of color writers.
// THE LIST //
∞ Pat Parker: Movement In Black
∞ Arundhati Roy: The God of Small Things, Field Notes on Democracy: Listening to Grasshoppers
∞ Alex Elle: A Note to Self
These are just a *few of my favorites, and I know there are many more voices that I want, and need to hear. I’d love to know who are some of your favorite women of color writers, and which of their works you enjoy most.