I have a new prose poem called “Driving While Black” as part of Issue 3 of K’in Literary Journal. Please check it out and then take a read at all the diverse authors and poets that comprise this amazing issue.
From Poets & Writers: At the University of Pittsburgh, poets Dawn Lundy Martin, Terrance Hayes, and Yona Harvey recently established the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics -- a creative think tank dedicated to studying, archiving, and promoting the work of African American poets.
Jean Ho’s NPR piece, “Diversity In Book Publishing Isn’t Just About Writers — Marketing Matters, Too,” brings up another facet in the need for increased diversity within the literary world. A good read.
This essay by Gabino Iglesias on Dead End Follies brings some heat to the literary establishment: Online Literary Magazines and their (Intense) Diversity Problem.
Are writers of color bound to the race narrative?
Jeffery Renard Allen and others weigh in at The Guardian.
Another article that I missed when it first came out, but is definitely worth the read: Literary Hub’s Morgan Jerkins discusses writing while black.
Great insight on the struggle to describe blackness without succumbing to the traps of clichés or typecasts. I think most writers of color can relate to this piece.
I missed this article when it first came out, but I do think it's worth sharing. On Popaganda, Sarah Mirk interviews journalists on writing about race.
There seems to have been a lot of articles about diversity in writing lately, and I think that is a great trend. It's a subject that needs to be discussed, for sure. As long as all of this talk about change eventually results in some change, right?
Via Brooklyn Magazine: Molly McArdle interviews writers and publishers on the state of diversity in publishing.