Sunday, March 23, 2014

Joy Katz on Whiteness

Writing Whiteness: An Interview with Joy Katz on Post No Ills

Photo of Joy Katz
Photo by: Star Black, 2011

2012 2nd Place Poetry Contest Winner, Elizabeth Hoover, recently interviewed Joy Katz about whiteness, race, and her new project (tentatively titled "Frayed") for Post No Ills Magazine.

"I can’t make whiteness go away, but I can find out how it came to envelop my life, and try to fray it. Maybe I can poke a hole in it big enough to fit myself through and stand on the other side. It is hard to perceive something that has been invisible to me for so long."

Read the full, illuminating interview here.

Katz will be on the panel "Calling Whiteness to Account" on Friday March 28th from 2:00-3:30pm in room 300 of the Charles Sumner School at Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness 2014.

ELIZABETH HOOVER is the assistant director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center. Her author interviews and book reviews have appeared in the Paris Review Daily, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, and the Dallas Morning News, among others.

JOY KATZ is the author, most recently, of All You Do is Perceive, a Stalecher Selection at Four Way Books and a National Poetry Series finalist. Her other collections are The Garden Room (Tupelo) and Fabulae (Southern Illinois). Her honors include an NEA fellowship, a Stegner fellowship, and a Pushcart residency at Jentel. She teaches in the graduate writing programs at Carlow University and Chatham University and lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and young son.

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