I’m not really familiar with a lot of classic tales. This goes for books, films and popular productions of all kinds. But when I turn the pages of Anna-Marie McLemore’s stories, I am inspired to understand how an old story becomes new.
After I read “Blanca & Roja,” I spent hours learning about the varied endings of Swan Lake. Reading “Dark and Deepest Red” (weeks before we felt the beginning impact of the pandemic in Pittsburgh), I found insight on how storytelling can help process unnerving events. Most importantly, I appreciate how McLemore’s ability to situate characters of color and queer identities into the settings of traditional tales offers rare representation.
Take a dive into one of McLemore’s books and you will find your mind full of poetry, questions, dancing and deep connection.
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