FLOOD IS WATER
Just read Kima Jones’s (@kima_jones) essay “Flood Is Water: On Leaving an MFA Program” (September/October 2017), and I love her. She’s empowering black writers and writers of color like nobody’s business!
@kima_jones wrote her heart out in this @poetswritersinc piece about what people of color face in MFA programs.
Slips: On Not Getting Into the New Yorker” (September/October 2017) is written with painful humor. The piece reminded me of when I told my therapist I was ready for the dating world after a divorce. She said, “You have to have a thick skin to put yourself out there. You have to be ready for rejections.” A couple of years later, inspired by that divorce, I wrote my first novel, From Deception to Grace. However, while trying to find a publisher for the book, I found rejections instead. I later decided to self-publish, and the novel ended up winning an International Latino Book Award in 2012. What my therapist said about dating applies to writers. In the face of rejection, you still