American Tensions

American Tensions

Literature of Identity and the Search for Social Justice

Edited by William Reichard

Foreword by Ted Kooser and Sherman Alexie

Contributions by Elizabeth Alexander and Linda Hogan

Published by: New Village Press

336 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in

  • Paperback
  • ISBN: 9780981559384
  • Published: April 2011


  • Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9781613320679
  • Published: April 2011



This anthology of contemporary American poetry, short fiction, and nonfiction, explores issues of identity, oppression, injustice, and social change. Living American writers produced each piece between 1980 and the present; works were selected based on literary merit and the manner in which they address one or more pressing social issues.

William Reichard has assembled some of the most respected literary artists of our time, asking whose voices are ascendant, whose silenced, and why. The work as a whole reveals shifting perspectives and the changing role of writing in the social justice arena over the last few decades.