Tamiko Beyer

Writing for social change


Essays and Articles



The Rumpus

“Rehman shows up in her poems real and raw in a world where being any one of these things—Muslim, immigrant, queer—could get you killed. Her brutal and magical poems are like spells, fiercely claiming space and airtime. Now they’ve been collected into a tight volume that spans her childhood, years of her life on the road as a runaway and vagabond poet, and the museum of her past loves.” More


Lit Hub

“Sarah Gambito and Joseph O. Legaspi were sitting in a hammock at a big, Filipino family gathering. Surrounded by food, love, and comradery, the two friends came to a realization: We need this in our literary lives. Right then and there, they agreed that Asian American writers needed a place to find family—and they were going to create that space.” More

Donor Organizers: Behind an Inclusive New Approach to Social Justice Funding

Inside Philanthropy

“Rarely in our society do ordinary people come together to talk about money. Even more rarely does a diverse group—people of color, white people, wealthy people and cash-poor people—gather to talk about race and class. And almost never does such a group jointly raise and distribute hundreds of thousands of dollars.

But that’s exactly what happens in a Giving Project.” More

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Photo by Tim Gouw on Unsplash


on Oceanic by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

The Georgia Review

“...in Oceanic Nezhukumatathil insists, gently and fiercely, that we human beings are inextricable from the rest of the world. I find that I must read Oceanic as both a defiant love letter to wildness, and as a warning: unless we fully understand and embrace this interdependence, we will not be able to save ourselves nor the planet from the destruction toward which we are headed.”   More


To fail and to trust

Evening Will Come: A Monthly Journal of Poetics

“If we are to minimize the damage we have already inflicted, let alone prevent further damage, we must undergo a tidal shift in how we understand and relate to what we call 'nature.'…  I want to rethink boundaries. I want a new kind of sense making that helps us rethink all that surrounds us: the environment in the largest sense of the word.” More



A SLanty Kind of Racial(ized) Poetics

The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind
Eds. Claudia Rankine, Beth Loffreda, Max King Cap

“Taking to heart Emily Dickinson’s famous exhortation, I’ve been working on how to write it 'slant where the slant is not about avoidance but about an angled approach that – because of its instability – gets us as close as possible to the heart of both the construction of and real-life devastation of race. Like this essay’s title, for example, and its sidelong acknowledgement of a racial slur.” More

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Poetry in the Space of Possibility

Storyscape Literary Journal

“When there’s so much information flying all around us, we need to be able to quickly and easily identify what’s 'true' – and we assume that journalists and nonfiction writers will tell us the truth. When they don’t, we feel that we’ve been made fools of. The implicit assumption of trust has been broken.” More

Selected Blog posts from the Kenyon Review

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