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‘Love and Lies’

By Katrina Young | Out on the Page The Multicultural LGBT Literary Foundation is in the process of reviewing books for its Words of Wisdom (WOW) collection. Through WOW, libraries of LGBT books are donated to local high schools. In an effort to stay true to the mission, we try to stay mindful of incorporating books that address race, class and LGBT lives, among other things. For more information, visit sdliteraryfoundation.org.

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‘The Cherokee Rose’

By Katrina Young | Out on the Page “The Cherokee Rose” is the enlightening debut novel from historian Tiya Miles. This work of fiction brings together an unlikely trio of women to tell a story of the little known history of Native American slaveholders. Through the course of the novel, the women discover history about their ancestors while also coming to terms with things within themselves that they were reluctant to acknowledge.

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A challenging childhood leads to greatness

Posted: November 13th, 2015 | Columns, Featured, Out on the Page | No Comments

By Katrina Young | Out on the Page It takes a village to raise a child and our villages are uniquely our own. In the memoir, “The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood,” we learn some of the things from young Riqui’s Cuban-American village that shaped him into the book’s author — writer and poet Richard Blanco — who became the inaugural poet for President Obama in 2013.

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Quintessential crushes

Posted: July 24th, 2015 | Columns, Featured, Out on the Page | No Comments

By Katrina Young | Out on the Page “Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel” is the charming second novel from Sara Farizan. Leila Azadi is the Iranian-American protagonist juggling high school, her traditional Iranian family and her maturing sexuality. Leila is “always trying to make the pieces fit” like a game of Tetris.

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‘We the Animals’

Debut novel highlights tumultuous life By Katrina Young | Out on the Page We the animals. We the three musketeers. We the three stooges. We the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These are the relationship undercurrents between the unnamed narrator and his two older brothers in “We the Animals,” Justin Torres’ engrossing debut novel.

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‘The Other Side of Paradise’

By Katrina Young | Out on the Page If you ever have the chance to experience one of Staceyann Chin’s dynamic performances, don’t hesitate. Do it. This Jamaican-born lesbian poet and activist displays a rawness in her presentation that allows you to feel every emotion that she invokes throughout her performance. Her no-holds-barred approaches to issues surrounding sexual and racial injustice will make her proponents applaud and will make her opponents quiver.

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Literature: the necessary bread

Posted: September 5th, 2014 | Columns, Featured, Out on the Page | No Comments

Caleb Rainey | Out on the Page As a director of a literature foundation and as someone who studied literature relentlessly in college, you would think that I had an unwavering belief that literature is an essential feature of a life well lived and is certainly essential to social change. But even I have doubts.

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Borders abound

Posted: August 11th, 2014 | Columns, Featured, Out on the Page | No Comments

Caleb Rainey | Out on the Page Borders. Borders can keep things out and keep things in. Borders help define a shape or purpose and are inherently exclusionary. Borders tell us what something is by telling us what something is not. National borders are the most potent and aggressively defended borders in the modern world.

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The girls our mothers still warn us about

Caleb Rainey | Out on the Page “Chicana” is an identity that was reclaimed during the 1960s and ’70s, when the political organizing of Americans of Mexican descent began to gain real traction in the United States. The word seeks to foreground the indigenous ancestry of Mexican-Americans and refuses to privilege the European/Spanish ancestry instead.

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