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ISBN13: 9780816527939
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Fire and Ink is a powerful and impassioned anthology of stories, poems, interviews, and essays that confront some of the most pressing social issues of our day. Designed to inspire and inform, this collection embodies the concepts of “breaking silence,” “bearing witness,” resistance, and resilience. Beyond students and teachers, the book will appeal to all readers with a commitment to social justice.

Fire and Ink brings together, for the first time in one volume, politically engaged writing by poets, fiction writers, and essayists. Including many of our finest writers—Martín Espada, Adrienne Rich, June Jordan, Patricia Smith, Gloria Anzaldúa, Sharon Olds, Arundhati Roy, Sonia Sanchez, Carolyn Forche, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Alice Walker, Linda Hogan, Gary Soto, Kim Blaeser, Minnie Bruce Pratt, Li-Young Lee, and Jimmy Santiago Baca, among others—this is an indispensable collection.

This groundbreaking anthology marks the emergence of social action writing as a distinct field within creative writing and literature. Featuring never-before-published pieces, as well as reprinted material, Fire and Ink is divided into ten sections focused on significant social issues, including identity, sexuality and gender, the environment, social justice, work, war, and peace. The pieces can often be gripping, such as “Frame,” in which Adrienne Rich confronts government and police brutality, or Chris Abanis “Ode to Joy,” which documents great courage in the face of mortal danger.

Fire and Ink serves as a wonderful reader for a wide range of courses, from composition and rhetoric classes to courses in ethnic studies, gender studies, American studies, and even political science, by facing a past that was often accompanied by injustice and suffering. But beyond that, this collection teaches us that we all have the power to create a more equitable and just future.

 

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"While the editors of this generous anthology of fiction and nonfiction describe social action rather dryly as 'a form of critical inquiry and an act of social responsibility,' the passionate pieces making up the collection elevate it into a meditation on the sanctity and wonder of each life. It's that overarching sensitivity that gives these diverse creative voices their moral and political force — and is echoed in the Buddhist 'mindfulness' practiced by Vietnamese monk and social worker Chn Khng, or the 'small things' that make sense of the greatest transformations for novelist-activist Arundhati Roy, or the alertness to 'the trauma of being different' in editor Garca's own migrant labor camp recollections. It comes as a refreshing antidote to the obfuscating abstractions clustered around the most pressing issues of the time — including those that become thematic categories in the anthology, such as war, the environment and labor. The general quality of writing, among both better and lesser known writers of conscience, ensures the collection is as timeless as it is timely." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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This is an anthology of "social action writing," which is defined by the editors as "a form of critical inquiry and an act of social responsibility" that "speaks out against social injustice and refuses to acquiesce to the tyranny of silence." The anthology includes short stories, poems, and essays by, and interviews with, such figures as Martín Espada, Adrienne Rich, June Jordan, Gloria Anzadúa, Alice Walker, Dennis Brutus, and Carolyn Forché, among many others. The writings address the politics of voice and language; issues of self-identity; issues of race, class, and gender; labor rights; the environment, illness, and health; prisons and prison rights; war and other forms of violence; peace and non-violence; and the role of writing in social change. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Poet Frances Payne Adler is a professor and founder of the Creative Writing and Social Action Program at California State University, Monterey Bay. She is the author of five books, including The Making of a Matriot, and is nationally recognized for her collaborative social action art exhibitions. Fiction writer Debra Busman, a long time activist and community organizer, and poet Diana García, a founding member of the Border Voices Project, are both professors and co-directors of the Creative Writing and Social Action Program, California State University, Monterey Bay.

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Judith T, October 26, 2009 (view all comments by Judith T)
"Fire and Ink" is an amazing compilation. I am so grateful for a book that gathers dozens of voices that, taken together, bear witness to so much human experience. I'm grateful, too, for a book that speaks up for the importance of the very act of claiming, examining, and writing. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.'s "Introduction: On Bearing Witness" -- in the "Breaking Silence/The Politics of Voice" section that opens the anthology -- has been on my mind for weeks since I read it; Li-Young Lee's "Persimmons" is one of my favorite poems. I appreciate how "Fire and Ink" divides material into both specific inquires (race, class, gender, health, prison, war) and into the nature of social action writing (breaking silence, coming into language).
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780816527939
Author:
Adler, Frances Payne
Publisher:
University of Arizona Press
Editor:
Busman, Debra
Editor:
Garcia, Diana
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Subject:
Social justice
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Social action
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Essays
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American - General
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Anthologies-Essays
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20091031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "While the editors of this generous anthology of fiction and nonfiction describe social action rather dryly as 'a form of critical inquiry and an act of social responsibility,' the passionate pieces making up the collection elevate it into a meditation on the sanctity and wonder of each life. It's that overarching sensitivity that gives these diverse creative voices their moral and political force — and is echoed in the Buddhist 'mindfulness' practiced by Vietnamese monk and social worker Chn Khng, or the 'small things' that make sense of the greatest transformations for novelist-activist Arundhati Roy, or the alertness to 'the trauma of being different' in editor Garca's own migrant labor camp recollections. It comes as a refreshing antidote to the obfuscating abstractions clustered around the most pressing issues of the time — including those that become thematic categories in the anthology, such as war, the environment and labor. The general quality of writing, among both better and lesser known writers of conscience, ensures the collection is as timeless as it is timely." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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