Blame this one on Rashaan Alexis Meneses and Rachelle Cruz, for introducing me to the idea of “mapping” and “circles of influence.” I thought I would try it too, to see how I’ve grown, and who’s contributed to this, who’s influenced me. Whom have I read, who were my teachers, with whom have I had substantial poetic and academic exchange. And now, who and what are interesting to me, as an editor, educator, as a poet trying to continue growing, producing, and publishing, and with strong consideration to community building (i.e. not lip service, but actual practice). I see now, these days, I have expanded my interested in orgs, to now include the kinds of communities formed via indie publishing, an expansion of my interest in Maganda and KSW back in the day.
Certainly, this “map” is by no means complete; I can barely remember folks from college, and I’ve also just pooped out. Also, to come close to “accurate,” I would have to have multicolored, hand drawn lines and arrows of relation from name to name to org to venue. So anyway, thanks Rachelle and Rashaan. This was helpful in my figuring out where I fit in stuff: