Mickey Rooney

New anthology includes poem by white man using Chinese name

Facing sharp criticism in the literary world and beyond, Sherman Alexie is defending his decision to include a poem by a white man writing under a Chinese pen name in "The Best American Poetry 2015."

Alexie, an award-winning poet and fiction writer, wrote a long blog post over the weekend in which he acknowledged his anger and embarrassment upon learning that Yi-Fen Chou's "The Bees, the Flowers, Jesus, Ancient Tigers, Poseidon, Adam and Eve" was in fact composed by Michael Derrick Hudson. Alexie was guest editor for the anthology, published Tuesday, and news of Hudson's ruse set off a lengthy online debate.

Many called Hudson a racist, and a reminder...