The New Wei
The New Wei is a literary movement and publisher founded by Tejas Desai in 2012. It seeks to promote provocative and meaningful narrative artists. Unfortunately, today the publishing industry and literary/academic establishment is unlikely to publish or promote fiction by truly dynamic authors whose works have powerful, controversial content and something to say. Instead, most of this dynamic narrative, primarily produced by younger generations, is being disseminated in unconventional forms: self-publishing, blogging, social media, and other mediums.
It is our duty to find and promote these authors and works. One particular negative is the industry's inability to publish or promote genuinely dynamic multicultural fiction. Even its definition of multiculturalism is outdated, and its tendency to be risk-adverse, simply due to its structure, means this trend is likely to continue. Given the realities of the literary world today, it is time to do what needs to be done to recognize, create, or help disseminate significant authors and works.
Some of the authors The New Wei recognizes are the speculative religious novelist Allan Avidano, prolific blogger Brienne Walsh, comic Midwestern novelist Lancelot Schaubert, Buddhist poet Vijay R. Nathan, absurdist writer and filmmaker Kacper Jarecki, the late comic novelist Richard Livsey, and budding skater sci-fi novelist Matthew Allison. These authors aren't necessarily associated with The New Wei, but they are all recognized for having something provocative and significant to contribute to narrative.