Award-winning editor Tara L. Masih put out a call in 2007 for Intercultural Essays dealing with the subjects of “culture, race, and a sense of place.” The prizewinners are gathered for the first time in a ground-breaking anthology that explores many facets of culture not previously found under one cover. The powerful, honest, thoughtful voices—Native American, African American, Asian, European, Jewish, White—speak daringly on topics not often discussed in the open, on subjects such as racism, anti-Semitism, war, self-identity, gender, societal expectations. Their words will entertain, illuminate, take you to distant lands, and spark important discussions about our humanity, our culture, and our place within society and the natural world.
Includes extensive, in-depth discussion questions for book clubs and instructors, along with fun, challenging “NET assignments” for high school and college students.
With an introduction by acclaimed writer David Mura
The Chalk Circle at turns can amuse, bemuse, and challenge readers to redefine the spaces they occupy in society. — The Los Angeles Review
[The essayists'] amalgamated vision is educational and resonant. —World Literature Today, July/Aug 2013
The book carries a variety of stark, honest, and well-rendered first person narratives. —ForeWord Reviews, June 2012 Issue