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Rigoberto González Interviews Barbara Jane Reyes

[caption id="attachment_1038" align="aligncenter" width="241" caption="Barbara Jane Reyes. BOA Poet. Photo by Peter Dressel."]Barbara Jane Reyes. BOA Poet. Photo by Peter Dressel.[/caption] Critical Mass, the blog of the National Book Critics Circle Board of Directors, is currently featuring Rigoberto González's interview with Barbara Jane Reyes about her new collection, Diwata (BOA, 2010). "You are right, in that Diwata does not primarily aim to critique colonialism or erase a colonial history, which is impossible to do. Rather, it foregrounds women who have resisted, survived, endured colonial invasion and dislocation. They have done so by being creative, by (metaphorically) shapeshifting, by passing down wisdom through the generations (through story, song, dance, tattooing, weaving, etc.), and by arming themselves and fighting." Read the entire interview here: [Small Press Spotlight: Barbara Jane Reyes] Over the next few months, Barbara will be reading from Diwata in venues across the country. Maybe one near you! Check out her tour schedule (and excellent website) here: [ BJR Readings]

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