Saturday, February 07, 2009

It's All Love

I'm very pleased to announce the publication of a new anthology. Now, this is me taking off my fantasist hat and stepping back to my earlier days as a writer of literary fiction - often with an African-American focus. That's exactly what this anthology features. It's called It's All Love: Black Writers on Soul Mates, Family and Friends, edited by Marita Golden.

Here's the jacket copy:

In It's All Love, Black writers celebrate the complexity, power, danger, and glory of love in all its many forms: romantic, familial, communal, and sacred. Editor Marita Golden recounts the morning she woke up certain that she would meet her soul mate in "My Own Happy Ending"; memoirist Reginald Dwayne Betts, in a piece he calls "Learning the Name Dad," writes stirringly about serving time in prison and how that transformed his life for the better; New York Times bestselling author Pearl Cleage is at her best in the delicate, touching "Missing You"; award-winning author David Anthony Durham enraptures readers with his 'An Act of Faith"; New York Times bestselling author L. A. Banks is both funny and wise in her beautiful essay on discovering love as a child, "Two Cents and a Question." And the poetry of love is here, too - from Gwendolyn Brooks's classic "Black Wedding Song" to works by Nikki Giovanni, E. Ethelbert Miller, and Kwame Alexander. It's All Love is a dazzling, delightfully diverse exploration of the wonderful gift of love.

I'm very happy to be included. My story, by the way, was inspired by some tales my mother told me about meeting my father. It's not their story, but it's a fiction prompted by a few elements of their story. Because of that it's quite important to me. Also, the publication is a fundraiser for the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation. May it raise much funds!

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Blogger Constance Brewer said...

All that and poetry too? Awesome.

2:59 PM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...

Yep. Cool, huh?

3:12 PM  
Blogger Constance Brewer said...

Thanks for putting the Amazon link in there, I'm sure it's not to be easily found in MY neck of the woods. I'm trying to read more anthologies and collections outside my norm.
I love Nikki Giovanni's poetry... then there's this David guy who might be interesting to read. :)

5:07 PM  
Blogger Corby Kennard said...

Not to be overly picky (which means I'm being overly picky) - the book copy says it is a "... delightfully diverse exploration of the wonderful gift of love."

Maybe I don't understand the term "diverse", but if the book is all from the African-American focus, is it fair to call it diverse? Unless they mean diverse from the "mainstream" of non-POC writers.

I'm all for the theme of the book. It just seems disingenuous to call something diverse that does not take into account diverse POVs. There is no reason to include white writers here, they are painfully well-enough represented, so that is not my (admittedly picky) issue. I just wonder at the use of certain words in hyperbolic sales copy.

7:14 PM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...

I think that diverse is meant to indicate that within this group there remains a lot of diversity of style, approach to writing and life, etc. It's a way of saying that though all the writers are African American they don't all write the same way or approach love or relationships the same way.

There is diversity in general; and there's diversity within groups. That's all it means, but, to me, that's a significant thing and I'm glad they said it.

7:22 PM  

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