POW WOW is a short fiction anthology spanning over more than 200 years of American writing. Among its 63 contributors are well known authors like Mark Twain, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Gertrude Stein, Bharati Mukerjee, Robert Coover, Russell Banks, Grace Paley, James T. Farrell, Ntozake Shange, John A. Williams, and Alejandro Murguia, and many whose names may not be so familiar or are being published here for the first time.
Carla gives an overview of the book:
In his Introduction to POW WOW, Ishmael Reed talks about how assembling this anthology has been " a journey I recommend for all readers who want to know where American civilization has been and where it is going. It is a pow wow, a gathering of voices from the different American tribes."
In the Los Angeles Times David L. Ulin comments that Benjamin "Franklin may be the most unlikely contributor to this collection, but his presence is entirely appropriate, a metaphor for the entire book. 'Pow Wow' is big, diverse, messy, all over the place--just like American literature itself."
Library Journal says POW WOW "....is highly recommended."
Book Views says POW WOW's editors "have brought together hours of wonderful reading.."
Carla Blank is a writer, editor, and director whose cross disciplinary historical reference, Rediscovering America: The Making of Multicultural America 1900-2000 (Three Rivers Press, 2003), highlights and reintegrates the complex contributions of women, African-and-...
"The Before Columbus Foundation, whose 50-plus members include Marie Anderson, Herbert Kohl, and Ishmael Reed, was founded 20 years ago to promote multicultural literature. Here it joins with the...
Blank, who lectures on multiculturalism at the University of California, Berkeley, presents "an overview of twentieth-century America that is both interdisciplinary and multicultural, and therefore...