Robin Tremblay-McGaw's work has appeared in Poetry Flash, Mirage, Five Fingers Review, HOW(ever), HOW2, Biting the Error: Writers on Narrative, and elsewhere. She is currently at work on a manuscript entitled "Community and Contestatory Writing Practices in the San Francisco Bay Area 1970-Present."
Community–it’s the goo that is all over the place–facilitating and making a mess of relation, writing, and people’s access to one another, one another’s work, the world. An interest in (and an embattled relation with) community seems to have been ever a part of the discourse among writers in the San Francisco Bay Area, where from the 1970s onward this battle has been entangled in contesting identities, politics and aesthetics. The etymological and historical roots of community reveal that while community sometimes pertains to geographic location, shared interests, a relation (including a contestatory one) to a state or other government, it has very much also to do with sexuality, gender, class and race. read more