This has been doing the rounds for a week or so now, but doesn't get any less depressing. Michael Derrick Hudson chose an Asian pen name (Yi-Fen Chou) to place a poem that had been rejected 40 times. What isn't clear, is whether Derrick re-submitted this poem to the same publications that had rejected him.

His subterfuge became public after the poem was chosen for publication in the annual Best American Poetry anthology, in which he explains the pen name as a useful technique for publication.

If you click through to the article, you can read people better qualified than me, explain why this act of cultural appropriation is so upsetting to many.

The Asian American Writer's Workshop responded to Hudson's act with humour by creating a white pen name generator.