Other Tongues

edited by Adebe DeRango Adem and Andrea Thompson

ISBN no. 978-1-926708-14-0
302 pgs. / $24.95 / November 2010


OTHER TONGUES: MIXED-RACE WOMEN SPEAK OUT is an anthology of poetry, spoken word, fiction, creative non-fiction, spoken word texts, as well as black and white artwork and photography, explores the question of how mixed-race women in North America identify in the twenty-first century. Contributions engage, document, and/or explore the experiences of being mixed-race, by placing interraciality as the center, rather than periphery, of analysis.


In a fresh approach to the quest for understanding mixed-race identity in the Americas, the multiple genres that find their way into the Other Tongues anthology — from poetry to photography, fiction to scholarship — perfectly mirror the prodigious spectrum of their authors’ positions toward the topic. This collection speaks boldly and poignantly to who we are, and by “we” I mean not only women of mixed-race ancestry, but all citizens of 21st-century North America.
— Lise Funderburg, author of Black, White, Other: Biracial Americans Talk About Race and Identity

These exciting, beautifully inked narratives tell us that, as each woman embraces her biracial or multiracial identity, she mothers a new world, one with equal space for everyone.
— George Elliott Clarke, Africadian & Eastern Woodland Metis, Laureate, 2001 Governor-General’s Award for Poetry

Passionate, courageous and insightful, Other Tongues speaks affectingly about the pleasures and paradoxes of living between the conventional categories of race. It is a significant anthology, one that I’ve been waiting for.
— Karina Vernon, Assistant Professor, Black Canadian Literature and Diaspora Studies, University of Toronto

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Adebe De Rango-Adem
is a former research fellow at the Applied Research Center, home of ColourLines magazine, and current Cultural Editor of Race-Talk.org, a blog dedicated to writing on race politics and pop culture. She won the Toronto Poetry Competition in 2005 to become Toronto’s first Junior Poet Laureate, and is the author of Ex Nihilo (2010), her debut poetry collection that considers how art can respond to the annihilation of particular identities struggling to exist in an impossibly post-racial world. Ex Nihilo was longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize, the world’s largest prize for writers under thirty.

Andrea Thompson
is a pioneer of the Canadian Slam Poetry scene, whose work has been featured on film, radio, and television; and included in magazines, literary journals and anthologies across Canada for over 15 years. Her spoken-word cd, One, was nominated for a Canadian Urban Music Award in 2005, and her poetry collection, Eating the Seed, has been featured on the reading lists at the Ontario College of Art and Design and the University of Toronto. Thompson is the host of season two of the 13-part television series, Heart of a Poet (Bravo TV, 2007), and the writer and performer of the one-woman spoken word/play “Mating Rituals of the Urban Cougar.”

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