Anonymous send me a comment a couple of posts down on the lack of African-American poets at the small press fair.
You can read her/his comments at (http://seriouslysquared.blogspot.com/2006/12/independent-and-small-press-book-fair_04.htm). I urge you to read it's pretty interesting.
I just wanted to add a post-note to what I wrote. (By the way, I'm a really nice person. I just like to make waves.)
I just wanted to note that the woman who mentioned the absence of African-American women on the panel has a logical point. I do think, though, her tactic was too agressive and too urgent. The question should ABSOLUTELY not have been directed at the panelists. They did not put together the panel. I also think the common was misguided. Does there have to be absolute representation when acceptance is implied?
As I noted, there was also not a person with a disability on the panel (and there never will be). I am frustrated that when people strive to equal things out (affirmative action and so on) they SPECIFICALLY DO NOT MEAN DISABLED PEOPLE. (Well, except Sesame Street). I would really like to see this change.
I think people (including myself) who are part of the world of ideas get too caught up in the world of the theroetical. My point is that when there is currently a genocide in Africa and a brutal war in Iraq it's kind of less important that there are not people of color and PWD on a poetry panel.