News from Heidi
Here you can find news about the book, festival, and what's happening with Heidi.
It's May and that means it's Mixed Experience History Month, a month-long celebration of people and events that have shaped the Mixed experience. I founded this celebration in 2007 with the hope of bringing awareness to the long history of racial and cultural connectedness. I had become frustrated with the idea that my discussions of "mixed-ness" was for a small niche-group and set out to show that the Mixed experience is the American experience--that we're all part of this larger story.
Can you believe it's year 7? Over the years I've profiled close to 80 important historical figures of the Mixed Experience. The profiles have been of political dignitaries, activists, artists, religious leaders, inventors, and musicians. This year I promise to profile a diverse and dynamic bunch again.
Starting tomorrow I will post a new profile of a person or event in the Mixed experience each weekday of the month. If you have nominations for inclusion, please leave a comment below.
Mixed Experience History Month is the annual blog post series created by The New York Times best-selling author Heidi Durrow celebrating the history of the Mixed experience. Established in 2007, Mixed Experience History Month is an effort to highlight the long history of folks and events involved in the Mixed experience. Please look for more profiles of people, places and events of the Mixed experience every weekday of May at Lightskinned-ed Girl, the blog! Thanks for reading. And check out some of the previous year's profiles: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013. Copyright 2014.
We're doing a fundraiser for the Mixed Remixed Festival, www.mixedremixed.org, which will take place June 14, 2014 at the Japanese American National Museum in downtown LA. Please consider giving to the Festival. You can do good and get great stuff!. Check out the campaign here.
We're trying to spread the word about the Mixed Remixed Festival, www.mixedremixed.org, June 14, 2014 at the Japanese American National Museum in downtown LA. Here was one fun way we decided to do it!
I don't know why this video was just posted two years after the event--but I loved seeing it and reliving my red carpet moment! Thanks NAACP Image Awards: that was an amazing day!
I was super excited to see that The Girl Who Fell From the Sky made this list by Zola Books: 7 African American Literary Characters that Exemplify Kwanzaa Principles. "In honor of Kwanzaa, Zola selected seven female African-American characters we felt best exemplified each principle . . . Kujichagulia (self-determination) means that you have the ability to define yourself, speak for yourself, and create for yourself. This is something Rachel struggled to learn as a child of mixed race. After tragedy strikes, she moves in with her African-American grandmother and experiences life in a mostly black community. While the world demands that she be seen as either black or white, Rachel reflects on where she has come from to find her true self." Read about the other characters mentioned here.
***SPOILER ALERT*** I had a great time talking with students at UC Riverside after they read The Girl Who Fell From the Sky as part of the wonderful course taught by Susan Straight: Mixed Race Literature and the American Experience. I was touched, in particular, by one student's enthusiasm for the book and especially for Brick. At my request she sent me a copy of the page that she liked best from the book. Thanks Genie R. for sharing this--keep writing your story! It's important!
I send an update to my mailing list 3 or 4 times a year with upcoming appearance information and updates on my forthcoming book #2. Below is an excerpt of the latest newsletter. You can read the rest here. And if you'd like to make sure you get these updates in the future, please join my mailing list.
I get messages from time to time asking me when I plan to publish book #2. And then I have to admit sheepishly that first I have to finish it! But I promise you that I am finally making good progress these days --especially during my recent residency at the Djerassi Resident Arts Program in northern California.
In the beautiful mountains which overlook the Pacific Ocean on a clear day (and gloriously eery fog on other days), I re-discovered my muse and spent four happy weeks inside the mind of the woman who inspired my character, Miss Lala. You can see the photos that graced my studio wall and that sparked my imagination in the short video I've included here. Or read more on my website here.
Japanese American National Museum
Los Angeles, CA
June 14, 2014
This is going to be great! Mixed Remixed is my new festival project and an absolute labor of love! I hope you will be there or help support! The festival will take place June 14, 2014 in downtown Los Angeles. It is a fiscally sponsored project of Fractured Atlas. Submissions are now open. For more information read the Mixed Remixed festival press release or visit our website: www.mixedremixed.org.
I'm excited that The Girl Who Fell From the Sky is required reading in the wonderful Susan Straight's writing course this term at UC-Riverside. I look forward to my visit to the university Nov. 26, 2013!
This is going to be great! Mixed Roots Fest is my new project and an absolute labor of love! I hope you will be there or help support the Fest! The Fest will take place June 14, 2014 downtown Los Angeles. It is a fiscally sponsored project of Fractured Atlas.