Tamiko Beyer

Writing for social change

 

Prose

 

Essays, book reviews, articles, and other prose pieces.

Image: Raindrops on glass, reflection of lights

Image: Raindrops on glass, reflection of lights

Last Days, Part 1

A version of this piece was published in the Black Warrior Review, volume 45.1, and won a 2019 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers.

“We didn’t expect the eagerness that filled us on the last days of empire. For what, we couldn’t exactly say.

Metal glistened on the streets in the hot September days. The sun no longer a dandelion; the sun most definitely a muzzle. When it set, the Corporation—keen to kill the dark—flipped the switch.” More


Image: Cover of  Isako Isako  by Mia Ayumi Malhotra

Image: Cover of Isako Isako by Mia Ayumi Malhotra

Becoming Isako

Hyphen Magazine

“Malhotra, through the figure of Isako, reminds readers that many of our mothers and our grandmothers also lived through dangerous times. Her poems insist on the continued corporeal realities of being a woman-identified person of color in this country — both the bodily threats and the endurance of spirit. By conjuring the voices and experiences of generations of women in an ever-present now, she illuminates the difficult reality of the present while also offering us the possibility of a different future.” More


Image: Bushra Rehman

Image: Bushra Rehman

COMPLICATING NARRATIVES: A CONVERSATION WITH BUSHRA REHMAN

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


Image: Photos of Franny Choi, F. Douglas Brown, Ansley Moon

Image: Photos of Franny Choi, F. Douglas Brown, Ansley Moon

THE NEWEST WAVE OF ASIAN-AMERICAN WRITERS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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


Image: Cover art for  Oceanic,  by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Image: Cover art for Oceanic, by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

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

 


Image: Red wing blackbird among fall grasses, in front of a blue sky

Image: Red wing blackbird among fall grasses, in front of a blue sky

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


Image: Cover art for  The Racial Imaginary

Image: Cover art for The Racial Imaginary

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


Image: Blurred figure in a newsstand, Pikes Place Market

Image: Blurred figure in a newsstand, Pikes Place Market

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

©  2013 Tamiko Beyer