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Kiku Hughes on Japanese American Inter-Generational Trauma

FF2 Guest Post by Joycelyn Ghansah

On February 19, 1942 – barely two months after the government of Japan executed the military attack on Pearl Harbor (Hawaii) which brought the USA into World War II – President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066.

Since a large population of American citizens with Japanese heritage – including people who had been born in the USA as well as those who had completed the naturalization process – were known to reside on the west coast of the mainland, the American Army worked quickly to build rudimentary “relocation camps” for them.… read more.

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The Memory Orchard: Susan Alexandra’s Flagship Store

First, a walk on Hester Street through Chinatown on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, and then, fittingly, a turn onto Orchard Street.

The street name is suddenly fitting again because now – turning at that corner – the eye is immediately drawn to a larger-than-life glittering watermelon slice – beaded entirely of round, plastic faceted beads – in place of a traditional storefront blade sign.read more.

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Mona Caron’s WEEDS: When Art and Activism Meet

Activism can come in many different forms. It can come in a protest, a boycott, or even a work of art.

Artists worldwide have found creative ways of expressing their political ideologies on how the world can be more progressive. Mona Caron is one of many artists who has used large-scale artwork to communicate her artistic capabilities and advocate for a more progressive future. read more.

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3 Books By Black Women That Reshaped My View on Poetry

FF2 Guest Post by Joycelyn Ghansah

Books have always been my comfort zone, but I’ve noticed that poetry was one area of literature that I rejected in the past. In my experience, the poetry we were required to read in high school was great, but it wasn’t made for me. So, I spent most of my time avoiding poetry until relatively recently.… read more.

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Meridel LeSueur: “Write More Shamelessly and Nakedly”

From Jan Lisa Huttner (Editor-in-Chief of FF2 Media): Poet Iris Jamahl Dunkle, having completed a masterful biography of Charmian Kittredge London, is now doing in-depth research on her next subject: Sanora Babb. And FF2 Media is proud to announce that we will be traveling with her!

We have several reasons for embarking on this journey with Iris.read more.

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On the Road with Sanora Babb: Erasing Steinbeck to Find the Ghost of My Grandmother

Sanora Babb-inspired erasure poetry on John Steinbeck's 'The Grapes of Wrath.'
As I was writing the first chapter (“Sanora Babb: Challenging a Single Story of the Dust Bowl”), I was haunted by my grandmother’s ghost.
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