We are meant to rise : voices for justice from Minneapolis to the world

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A brilliant and rich gathering of voices on the American experience of this past year and beyond, from Indigenous writers and writers of color from Minnesota

In this significant collection, Indigenous writers and writers of color bear witness to one of the most unsettling years in the history of the United States. Essays and poems vividly reflect and comment on the traumas we endured in 2020, beginning with the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, deepened by the blatant murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers and the uprisings that immersed our city into the epicenter of passionate, worldwide demands for justice. In inspired and incisive writing these contributors speak unvarnished truths not only to the original and pernicious racism threaded through the American experience but also to the deeply personal, in essays about family, loss, food culture, economic security, and mental health. Their call and response is united here to rise and be heard.

We Are Meant to Rise lifts up the astonishing variety of BIPOC writers in Minnesota. From authors with international reputations to newly emerging voices, it features people from many cultures, including Indigenous Dakota and Anishinaabe, African American, Hmong, Somali, Afghani, Lebanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Japanese, Puerto Rican, Colombian, Mexican, transracial adoptees, mixed race, and LGBTQ+ perspectives. Most of the contributors have participated in More Than a Single Story, a popular and insightful conversation series in Minneapolis that features Indigenous and people of color speaking on what most concerns their communities.

We Are Meant to Rise meets the events of the day, the year, the centuries before, again and again, with powerful testament to the intrinsic and unique value of the human voice.

Contributors: Suleiman Adan, Mary Moore Easter, Louise Erdrich, Anika Fajardo, Safy-Hallan Farah, Said Farah, Sherrie Fernandez-Williams, Pamela R. Fletcher Bush, Shannon Gibney, Kathryn Haddad, Tish Jones, Ezekiel Joubert III, Douglas Kearney, Ed Bok Lee, Ricardo Levins Morales, Arleta Little, Resmaa Menakem, Tess Montgomery, Ahmad Qais Munhazim, Melissa Olson, Alexs Pate, Bao Phi, Mona Susan Power, Samantha Sencer-Mura, Said Shaiye, Erin Sharkey, Sun Yung Shin, Michael Torres, Diane Wilson, Kao Kalia Yang, and Kevin Yang.

Introduction: Call and response / David Mura
About more than a single story / Carolyn Holbrook
Pandemic love / Ed Bok Lee - Juice / Alexs Pate
George Floyd was killed in my neighborhood / Safy-Hallan Farah
Queer death in exile / Ahmad Qais Munhazim
With birthday girl blindfolded, Star Piñata considers his regrets and offers a last request / Michael Torres
Battlegrounds and building grounds / Kao Kalia Yang
Summer 1964 / Pamela R. Fletcher Bush
The courage to hold together, the courage to fall apart / Mona Susan Power
Long live the fatherless children / Anika Fajardo
Land acknowledgement statement of a native Virginian / Mary Moore Easter
Financial trauma / Tess Montgomery
Cross pollination / Kathryn Haddad
Breath: a meditation in uprising / Erin Sharkey
Dear editor / Douglas Kearney
What does it all mean / Tish Jones
The trauma virus / Resmaa Menakem
How will they take us away ; how will we stand / Bao Phi
Healers are protectors ; protectors are healers / Marcie Rendon
The Pachuco himself considers the audacity of language / Michael Torres
Covid-19 and Asian Americans / David Mura
Little brown briefcase / Suleiman Adan
We are all summoned / Diane Wilson
A tangent to a story about the Smith & Wesson .38, or, attempts to be fully assimilated into the White American Project have failed miserably, in the form of a self-questionnaire / Sun Yung Shin
Today in Minneapolis / Samantha Sencer-Mura
Let me tell you a story / Melissa Olson
Here before / Sherrie Fernandez-Williams
Truth, reconciliation, and four more meditations on human freedom / Arleta Little
Didion dreams / Said Shaiye
A time for healing / Carolyn Holbrook
Speaking into existence / Kevin Yang
The weight / Ezekiel Joubert
Four genies / Ricardo Levins Morales
All the stars aflame / Shannon Gibney
Humility, sincerity, banana oil / Louise Erdrich.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Twin Cities writers and activists Holbrook (Tell Me Your Names and I Will Testify) and Mura (A Stranger's Journey) bring together in this urgent anthology 34 essays by BIPOC writers that reflect on race and police violence. Inspired by Holbrook's discussion series "More Than a Single Story"--which for more than five years has facilitated conversations among writers and activists of color in Minnesota--the essays question what a common American vision means, and draw on the legacy of James Baldwin, as Mura notes: "the question of identity is a question involving the most profound panic." "I always go back to Baldwin," Shannon Gibney writes in "All the Stars Aflame," her contemplation of the white supremacist reaction to the George Floyd protests. Ricardo Levins Morales's "Four Genies" reflects on the "sheltering in place" mandates, about how communities weather storms together (or don't), and in the particularly powerful "Didion Dreams," Said Shaiye shares his experience with mental illness, describing when he once called 911 and told the operator he felt like dying. The power of protest, mourning, and healing showcased is consistently moving. Taken together, these entries make for a powerful and passionate take on a fraught moment. (Nov.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects American literature -- Minnesota.
American literature -- Minority authors.
American literature -- Indian authors.
American literature -- 21st century.
Social problems -- United States -- Literary collections.
Social justice -- United States -- Literary collections.
Minnesota -- Literary collections.
Minnesota -- Biography.
Publisher Minneapolis :University of Minnesota Press,2021
Contributors Holbrook, Carolyn, editor.
Mura, David, editor.
Language English
Description 223 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 9781517912215
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