Bound Together: Ancestry and Prejudice in Louis Erdrich’s The Plague of Doves

How much do the actions and thoughts of our ancestors shape our lives and limit our experience? Louise Erdrich's A Plague of Doves tells the story of residents in the tiny town of Pluto, North Dakota, on the edge of the Ojibwe reservation. The town and the reservation are fictional, but Erdrich, the daughter of a … Continue reading Bound Together: Ancestry and Prejudice in Louis Erdrich’s The Plague of Doves

Wondrously Made: Nubia’s Shoes by Katherine McDaniel

We all have struggles in our lives, areas in which we are lacking. Why are some of us so resilient? This is the first of three poems which were commissioned by Houston Grand Opera for Houston Artists Respond, based on videos from Baker Ripley Community Center in Houston, Texas. I selected the stories of three women … Continue reading Wondrously Made: Nubia’s Shoes by Katherine McDaniel

Facing Cancer: Yo soy un Corazón by Katherine McDaniel

This poem explores a woman's thoughts about her cancer diagnosis. Can creativity help us deal with life's twists and turns? Several years ago, I participated in a program sponsored by Houston Grand Opera called Houston Artists Respond. People from community centers in Houston, Texas, made videos in which they shared their experiences, parts of their lives. These … Continue reading Facing Cancer: Yo soy un Corazón by Katherine McDaniel

Voice, Language and Belonging: Renee Liang’s Chinglish

Children of immigrants often feel as if they belong nowhere, that no one comprehends their unique voice. The language and customs of their parents homeland may be confining, unfamiliar and uncomfortable, while people in their own homeland see them as outsiders because of the color of their skin, the shape of their eyes or elements … Continue reading Voice, Language and Belonging: Renee Liang’s Chinglish