THE POWER OF PUBLISHING. I was recently interviewed by @cambio_co
about my experience founding @livinghyphen
, as well as acting as its editor - a position that I learned holds A LOT of power. I talked about why it’s so important for us, as writers and artists of colour, to build our own damn house and create our own spaces instead of waiting for traditional gatekeepers in the arts and literature space to “let us in”.
On a more personal level, I talk a lot about how I grappled with the discomfort of holding hundreds of beautifully intimate and personal stories in my hands and having the power to choose which of those stories to tell, and how my internal biases play out in this inaugural issue
This is my first time acting as an editor and I have had to work through a lot of tough and uncomfortable decisions (I’ll write about this more someday). I saw for the first time the very real and very serious power that editors and publishers have as gatekeepers of stories in our society. I ask myself and you this question: “who am I to say whose stories get published, printed - and ultimately - told? Who is any one, really?”
A special shout out to some of my favourites @torontofac
who I mention in the interview (and everyday life) as key organizations who have informed a lot of my learning around diversity and representation throughout the years and who are actively amplifying diverse voices in arts and literature.