Tiphanie Yanique: #2 of the Amazing 8

I first became aware of Tiphanie Yanique about a year ago when I read her brilliant essay “My Superhero Secret.” I posted it about it and a lot of you were moved by her words. I then read her chapbook, The Saving Work, and I knew that I was reading an important new voice. I knew it was only a matter of time before she published her first book, but in the essay below, she writes about not being so sure.
But before you read the essay, here is a quick bio of the fabulous Ms. Yanique:
Tiphanie Yanique is an assistant professor of creative writing at Drew University. A former Fulbright Scholar, she has received the Mary Grant Charles Award for fiction, the Academy of American Poets Prize and the Tufts University Africana Prize for Creativity. She is the recipient of a 2008 Pushcart Prize, the 2006 Boston Review Fiction Prize, and was the Parks Fellow/Writer-in-Residence at Rice University. Her short story “The Saving Work” was chosen by Margot Livesey for the 2007 Kore Press Short Fiction Award. And here is the new bio line: Her first book, How to Escape from a Leper Colony is forthcoming from Graywolf Press.
So now read the essay below. It’s good.

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One Response to Tiphanie Yanique: #2 of the Amazing 8

  1. Janelle Poe says:

    Love this essay. I had never really thought about the power to disappear as in my control. It’s always felt like something I’ve been battling against, to be seen, to be heard. I felt like the power to be seen was taken away. I’m definitely looking forward to reading her chapbook and I’m wondering if the stories are related to some of the experiences shared in the essay? Guess I’ll have to find out. Hope things are coming along well with your book :)