The Writers Against Racism series is preparing to change directions; today marks the end of the interviews we gathered, and my own response is up right now. Check for Amy’s this evening, and then stay tuned for lists of great books you can use to expand your knowledge of diverse children’s lit. A BIG thank you to everyone who participated and followed along; W.A.R. isn’t over, so keep on reading and writing in! Here’s a glimpse of my interview:
I moved to Brooklyn in order to live, for the first time, in an all-black environment; I didn’t feel conspicuous in the city, and I wanted desperately to swap my unhappy history for a new life in New York. But what I learned, as I started writing more seriously, was that I could never escape my place of origin, my family, my personal history with its bizarre blend of kindness and cruelty. All those things were ingrained in my VOICE, and a desire for justice (personal and political) now drives me to use my experiences with racism and sexism and all the other “-isms” to help others become survivors as well.