In Fall of 2016, I was compiling a list of craft books for my thesis. While I had made my contemporary and classic poetry book list diverse, I noticed my craft book list was lacking. Where were all the writers of color? Why weren’t there craft books by poets of color?
I found myself at an impasse: Should I wait and leave the work to others? I might have to wait awhile but certainly it should be someone else; I’m still a student.
I’m glad I didn’t let this thread of thought stop me. If not me then who? When? Right now was the perfect time to start, and I wasn’t surprised to find others who felt the same.
Fortunately, I have the honor to work with a wonderful professor who has lent me her support. I can’t write on Luisa’s behalf, but I hope this anthology finds poets who need it the most. I’m also humbled by the support we’ve received so far. It makes me feel less alone.