photo of Yolanda Wischer by Mark Palaci
photo of Yolanda Wischer by Mark Palaci
Yolanda Wisher; photo credit: Mark Palaci

In my very last workshop in my last year at Temple, I met Yolanda Wisher. The late great Bill Van Wert had been bringing in former Temple students as guest to talk about how their work had grown and changed post graduate school, basically what can one do with a degree in creative writing. Sitting in that classroom and later walking across campus with her and Bill, I was struck by her confidence, and creativity. After six years of higher education, poetry had started to feel, well, academic. Yolanda’s work, however, seamlessly interweaves ideas of the classroom with the world…


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Ed Lin (Photo Credit: Anrong Xu)

I met Ed Lin while working at The Asian American Writers’ Workshop just over ten years ago. Ed performed in a mixtape-themed reading that I curated and ran a writing workshop. On stage and in class, Ed was always the same — a funny dude with great music taste who really loved his writing communities.

What’s wonderful about community writing workshops is how they draw people from many different walks of life, and Ed’s was no different. I…

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A column that thinks about allyship between BIPOC people, brought to you by Nina Sharma and Quincy Scott Jones.

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