Ancestors (Paperback)

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By Alexis Pauline Gumbs (Editor), Ed Pavlic (Editor), Ivelisse Rodriguez (Editor)
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Some of today's most imaginative writers consider what it means to be made and fashioned by others.

It is rare now for people to stay where they were raised, and when we encounter one another--whether in person or, increasingly, online--it is usually in contexts that obscure if not outright hide details about our past. But even in moments of pure self-invention, we are always shaped by the past. In Ancestors, some of today's most imaginative writers consider what it means to be made and fashioned by others. Are we shaped by grandparents, family, the deep past, political forebears, inherited social and economic circumstances? Can we choose our family, or is blood always thicker? And looking forward, what will it mean to be ancestors ourselves, and how will our descendants remember us?

Bennet Bergman, Sam Bett, Tyree Daye, Diamond Forde, Duana Fullwiley, José B. González, Racquel Goodison, Terrance Hayes, Day Heisinger-Nixon, Tyehimba Jess, Christina Knight, Emily Lordi, Vuyelwa Maluleke, Reginald McKnight, Cheswayo Mphanza, Achal Prabhala, Domenica Ruta, Metta Sáma, Sonia Sanchez, Izumi Suzuki, Deborah Taffa, Kyoko Uchida, Ocean Vuong, Binyavanga Wainaina, Yeoh Jo-Ann, Felicia Zamora

About the Author

Alexis Pauline Gumbs is the author of Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist FugitivityM Archive: After the End of the WorldUndrowned: Black Feminist Lessons from Marine Mammals, and Dub: Finding Ceremony and the coeditor of Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines. She is Provost of the Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind in Durham, North Carolina, and cofounder of the Black Feminist Bookmobile, Black Feminist Film School, and the Mobile Homecoming Trust Living Library and Archive of Queer Black Brilliance.

Ed Pavlić is the author of Live at the Bitter End; Who Can Afford to Improvise? James Baldwin and Black Music, the Lyric and the ListenerLet's Let That Are Not Yet: Inferno; and other books. He is Distinguished Research Professor in the English Department and in the Institute for African American Studies at the University of Georgia.

Ivelisse Rodriguez’s debut short story collection, Love War Stories, was a 2019 PEN/Faulkner finalist and a 2018 Foreword Reviews INDIES finalist. She is the founder and editor of an interview series focused on contemporary Puerto Rican writers published in Centro Voices and a Boston Review contributing arts editor.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781946511553
ISBN-10: 1946511552
Publisher: Boston Review
Publication Date: March 23rd, 2021
Pages: 192
Language: English