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INTERVIEW: Wendy Chin-Tanner discusses the journey to EMBODIED

Embodied

For as long as humen have been breathing there has been art, and just as it was in the beginning, art’s connection to the world is vital. It can be therapeutic. It is likely to be political. It is likely to be satirical or scathing. But whatever it is, it is timely and necessary. For an anthology like A Wave Blue World’s Embodied, the art and poetry come together seamlessly for a socially conscious and important creation.

Editor, author, and co-publisher of A Wave Blue World Wendy Chin-Tanner talked with us about the unique and fantastically timely anthology.

Deanna Destito: How did the idea to combine poetry and sequential prowes come about?

Wendy Chin-Tanner: When I’m not determining comics for A Wave Blue World, I’m a poet. Poetry is my first love. I’m the author of two poem collections-Turn, which was a finalist for an Oregon Book Award, and Anyone Will Tell You — and I’ve been a poetry editor at the literary periodical The Nervous Breakdown since 2010. So when we were coming up with hypothesis for our next anthology at AWBW, my co-publisher( and spouse) Tyler and I decided to combine my literary suffer and network with his background in comics and collection curation.

Tyler and I founded AWBW in 2005, the same year we got married, and we’ve worked together on many jobs since then, but this is our first collaboration involving poetry. I like to think of Embodied as a natural cause of our artistic liaison, a union of our skill sets. Revising this bible during the course of its pandemic while homeschooling our two daughters and taking care of my elderly, high-risk mothers was challenging, but also remarkably intimate and rewarding. I’m so grateful that we had this opportunity to attain something beautiful and uplifting at such an nasty and terrifying time.

Destito: Why is a work such as this so vital right now?

Chin-Tanner: AWBW’s mission has always been socially and politically conscious and at this moment in our country, the rights of parties of marginalized genders and names have been more under threat than they have ever been in my lifetime, even under our new government. Look at the transphobic legislation that merely delivered in Arkansas. Look at the revitalization of anti-Black and anti-Asian hate. Look at our continuing refugee crisis. In the past few years, as part of my literary activist production, I had already been curating intersectional feminist verse learns and panel discussions, so editing an anthology with that duty and ethos is just like a natural next step.

Embodied “Tapestry” by Khaty Xiong, art by Morgan Beem

Destito: How did you gather all the innovative teams?

Chin-Tanner: From the networks that Tyler and I have building in our many years in the comics and style ventures, we made the most regionally, generationally, and ethnically diverse regalium of non-cis male poets and craftsmen we could possibly find, in order to recognize the full width of intersectional feminism. This includes all our colorists and letterers, very. As a general principle, we have emphasized the inclusivity of underrepresented spokespeople and as a result, many of our benefactors are BIPOC and LGBTQ +.

Embodied is an example of the comics poetry form and is the firstly collection of its style , is not merely given the fact that our donors are all non-cis male poets and masters, but in our interpreting of the kind itself. Preferably than instancing the rhymes or simply imaging epitomes be learned from them, we chose to adapt each lyric into its own sequential prowes narrative. In partnerships with the poets and masters to differing severities, Tyler and I came up with the scripts, oversaw how they were interpreted, and then decided together with the letterers how to lay out the composition so that the song and the prowes would amplify one another, performing each legend greater than the sum of its parts. Each poem is published within its original constitute at the end of each story in order to showcase the process of transformation it underwent. We likewise have process moves at the end, uttering even more insight into how each narration was created.

Recently, one of our amazing sponsors, Vanessa Villarreal, who received an NEA fellowship this year, described her floor as a “poem turned into a graphic experience.” I actually enjoy that. Embodied is a collection of graphic poem experiences.

Embodied” Half Girl, Then Elegy” by Omotara James, artistry by Aysegul Sinav

Destito: What is your favorite? I know it’s like picking a child.

Chin-Tanner: This is a super tough bellow, but I will words two narrations that never fail to give me a feeling of pleasure whenever I look at them -” Tapestry ,” which has major Miyazaki vibes, and” Half Girl, Then Elegy ,” which has large-scale Maurice Sendack energy.

Destito: What are the pros and cons of anthologies and why do they toil?

Chin-Tanner: Embodied has something for everyone. Whether you identify with what you’re reading or you’re encountering an experience that’s entirely new to you, the floors in this anthology equip an opportunity to walk in someone else’s shoes. The stylistic wander of the tales also reflects the diversity of its contributors. That’s part of the attractivenes of anthologies on the whole-they are inherently diverse. Books get a balanced diet of things they already desire and new things they can try.

Anthologies can be complicated to produce because they have so many moving fractions. In the editorial process, we have to come to each story on its own terms while maintaining an awareness of the book as a whole. That is everything from aesthetic concerns around theme and narrative to technical factors like formatting and sheet length. Embodied is AWBW’s seventh anthology, so we have our process down, but each one has its unique spice and challenges.

I love beholding what the comics medium can do and I love the way anthologies allow us to take risks as editors and experiment with everything from brand-new conceptions to brand-new flair. I think anthologies are a great way to practice good literary citizenship because they can provide a pulpit for a greater number of surfacing and underrepresented creators.

Destito: Would you consider another publication or something similar?

Chin-Tanner: Absolutely! I’m very interested in hybrid forms and pushing the border of genres, so if Embodied whets books’ appetite for more comics poetry, I would be delighted to keep cooking it up for them!

A Wave Blue World’s Embodied anthology arrives in stores on Wednesday, May 5th. A percentage of the starts will benefit the International Women’s Health Coalition.

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