Debby Irving

DEBBY IRVING is a racial justice educator, consultant, trainer, and public speaker, and the author of the acclaimed book, Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race (2012). Having worked as a community organizer and classroom teacher for twenty-five years, Irving is devoted to working with white people to raise awareness of the differential impacts that interactions, communities, and institutions can have on people along racial lines. Irving’s early career included serving as General Manager of Boston’s Dance Umbrella and later First Night Boston, where she developed outreach programs connecting Boston youth with artists. A graduate of the Winsor School in Boston, she holds a BA from Kenyon College and an MBA from Simmons College. She has trained with The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, Crossroads Anti-Racism, VISIONS, Lee Mun Wah’s Mindful Facilitation, and has appeared at The White Privilege Conference, NCORE, National Summit for Courageous Conversation, National Race Amity Conference, the People of Color Conference, and Facing Race. An enthusiastic lifelong learner, Irving works regularly with her coach Dr. Eddie Moore Jr. to stay focused on growing beyond white patterns of thought and behavior. She has appeared on numerous television and radio programs, notably MSNBC and Tedx Talk. www.debbyirving.com

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Gonzales’s poems speak assertively, and the poet’s use of complex periodic sentences lends his lines accumulating power. My translation closely follows the poet’s syntax, and I hope that recreates the drive of the poems.

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My primary goal with this novel was to pay my respects to William Faulkner’s classic The Wild Palms. Retelling Faulkner’s tale with Latino characters seems like a natural stage of literary evolution, one that mirrors the evolving literary relationship between our twin continents.

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