“Write rhymes with fight for a reason. We’re not all meant to be at the frontline...I’m way more comfortable sitting down and trying to figure out how to write back against something that I really dislike.”
Let’s let these words from Eufemia Fantetti, bridge the connection between what has been a theme in the past few LML episodes around abuse of mentors and #MeToo in Canadian Literary circles, and learning how to write difficult stories in a writing community with mentors who support you.
As Eufemia put it, “You can’t always know who is really gunning for you to succeed, and who is just sitting there, rubber-stamping and like, I don’t care if it doesn’t look like me and it doesn’t sound like me, I don’t want to have anything to do with it.”
(Though, as she also points out, we know more now thanks to social media!)
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Links Related to the Episode
You can read Sheung-King’s Memory Piece: Macau in the print edition of the Humber Literary Review (Spring/Summer 2017)
A Recipe for Disaster & Other Unlikely Tales of Love by Eufemia Fantetti