Guns and Roses – Where Have all the Roses Gone?

Left to right: Ruchira Gupta in conversation with Michael Patrick MacDonald and Jovan Mays [Photo Credit: Barbara Scarpella Reed]

By Jules Marie, Official JLF@Boulder Blogger Michael Patrick MacDonald lost four of his 11 siblings to guns, crime or poverty. His brother was falsely accused of a gun crime, his mother was shot (and survived) as she was standing in the kitchen washing dishes. MacDonald faced a crisis in his young life: To be suicidal […]

Native American Writers or Writers Who Happen to be Native American?

The writers didn’t feel their Native American identity was the most central theme to their writing. The gifts of their heritage are many and so are the stereotyped expectations [Photo Credit: Lisa Bell]

By Annika Paradise, Official JLF@Boulder Blogger “Claiming ‘Creek’ identity is something that comes from the outside.  I am just a writer,” explained poet Jennifer Forester.  Two poets and a novelist shared their experiences, their writing processes, dispelled myths, and finally read their work to a packed room at the Steps of the Jaipur Literature Festival […]

Black Lives Matter: The Wake-up Call

Jovan Mays, Marcia Douglas, Carolyn Finney and Arthur Flowers took part in a timely and important discussion at JLF@Boulder 2016 [Photo Credit: Abhijit Sur]

By Debra Nicholson, Official JLF@Boulder Blogger Arthur Flowers opened the session, “Black Lives Matter: A Dream Deferred,” with a blow of a horn and a call to “walk on the holy ground of this conversation.” Carolyn Finney, Marcia Douglas, and Jovan Mays forayed right in with a discussion about Black Lives Matter and its collective […]