We are a little behind on our news updates, but in case you have not already heard of this amazing project, here’s a little plug for “The 500 Project,” which is being co-sponsored by Bryan Thao Worra and our friends at Kartika Review.
From their web page:
“Can’t we find, among all of those thousands, 10 individuals who are passionate about Asian American literature, writer activists who will express without equivocation that Asian American literature matters?
For each of the 50 states, there must be at least 10 Asian / Pacific Islander Americans that answer yes. And thus Thao Worra, joined by Kartika Review seek out those 500. Why should it be so hard to identify them and build a vibrant, amazing network of readers and writers? How can a canon of contemporary Asian American literature be built if we cannot even find these 500?”
The 500 Project, accordingly, “seeks to profile 10 APIA individuals from each of the 50 States who answer YES.”
To submit your profile, respond to the items in their short questionnaire, and email your answers to 500project [at] kartikareview (dot) com. Include the name of your state, and your own name, in the subject line.
We at LR, of course, heartily encourage you to submit a profile. Take a stand for the importance of APIA lit, and represent your state!
More on the history and inspiration behind The 500 Project can be found here, at Kartika Review‘s web site.