Lisa Page (We Wear The Mask) hosts a joint reading and book signing at the launch of poet Jennifer Chang's Some Say the Lark.
Chang’s poems narrate grief and loss, and intertwines them with hope for a fresh start in the midst of new beginnings. With topics such as frustration with our social and natural world, these poems openly question the self and place and how private experiences like motherhood and sorrow necessitate a deeper engagement with public life and history.
Jennifer Chang is the author of The History of Anonymity. Her poems heave appeared in American Poetry Review, The Nation, The New Yorker, Poetry, A Public Space, and elsewhere. She is an assistant professor of English and creative writing at George Washington University and lives in Washington, D.C. with her family.
We Wear the Mask, edited by Brando Skyhorse and Lisa Page, is an illuminating and timely anthology of original essays that examines the complex reality of passing in America.
Lisa Page is a writer and instructor. Her work has appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, American Short Fiction, the Crisis, Playboy, Playbill, and the Washington Post Book World. She directs the creative writing program at the George Washington University and teaches at the Yale Writers Conference.
In We Wear the Mask, Page shares how her white mother didn’t tell friends about her black ex-husband or that her children were, in fact, biracial. The anthology also includes essays by Marc Fitten, whose grandfather, a Chinese Jamaican, wanted to hide his name and ethnicity and for his children to pass as “colored” in the Caribbean; Achy Obejas, a queer Jewish Cuban woman who discovers that in Hawaii she is considered white. There’s M. G. Lord, who, after the murder of her female lover, embraced heterosexuality; Patrick Rosal, who, without meaning to, “passes” as a waiter at the National Book Awards ceremony; and Sergio Troncoso, a Mexican-American man who passes for white at an internship on Capitol Hill. These and other compelling essays reveal the complex reality of passing in America.