Mulatta—Not So Tragic dares to reveal the liminal spaces women of color occupy on multiple socio-political planes, and under the provocative and controversial label mulatta. Through linking verses from across the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, Karla Brundage and Allison Erdin Francis explore the sometimes devastating and celebratory dynamics of being bi-racial women in the 21st century. Consequently, the poetry collected in this volume addresses our global thirst for shared and communal voices, expressing both human concerns and personal desires—as played out on the topography of life experiences in Hawaii, in California, on the Cote d’Ivoire, and within the minds of two multi-ethnic women poets.
Poetry. Literary Nonfiction, Friendship, Identity, Race, Gender, Inclusion, Sexual Relationships, Sexuality, Bi-racial, Feminism, Masculinity, Inequality
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Berkeley-born Karla Brundage grew up in small beach town Ka'a'awa, Hawaii.�� She received a BA in English from Vassar College where she studied postcolonial African Literature, an MA in Education from SFSU in Multicultural Curriculum Development and Implementation, and an MFA from Mills College. Recipient of a Fulbright Teacher Exchange Fellowship in 2001, she spent a year in Zimbabwe, and through her international cross-cultural program, "West Oakland to West Africa Poetry Exchange (WO2WA)" she runs writing programs in Oakland, Hawaii, Tanzania and Ghana, and is a board member of the Before Columbus Foundation. She is program Director of 826 Valencia at Mission Bay. Her poem "Alabama Dirt" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.