Here’s a list of links I’m collecting and adding to on the topic of addressing race and ethnicity in a responsible way in the creative writing class or workshop, in creative writing programs as a whole, and also within publishing. If you have suggestions to add, please let me know.
- Alexander Chee, “How to Unlearn Everything: When it comes to writing the ‘other,’ what questions are we not asking?” Vulture, Oct. 30, 2019
- Robin DiAngelo, “White Fragility,”International Journal of Critical Pedagogy, 3:3, 2011 (17 pages); also available here as a PDF download
- Vanessa Martir, “Writers of Color: Your Voice Matters,” Kweli, March 8, 2015
- David Mura, A Stranger’s Journey: Race, Identity, and Narrative Craft in Writing, University of Georgia Press, 2018.
- The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind, ed. Claudia Rankine, Beth Loffreda, and Max King Cap. Albany, NY: Fence Books, 2015.
- Felicia Rose Chavez, The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop: How to Decolonize the Creative Writing Classroom. Haymarket Books, 2021.
- Hafizah Jeter, “Reports from the Field: On Grief,” VIDA, Oct. 29, 2014
- Saeed Jones, “Self-Portrait of the Artist as Ungrateful Black Writer,” Buzzfeed, April 3, 2015
- Jen Graves, “Deeply Embarrassed White People Talking Awkwardly About Race,” The Stranger, Aug. 31, 2011
- Lo-Kwa Mei-en, “Reports from the Field: Speak test–Silencing of the Racialized Body,” VIDA, April 24, 2015
- Jennifer Tamayo, “When You Handle Poison” (on the impact of writing about race and invisible labor), Mice Magazine
- Tajja Isen, ‘Tiny White People Took Over My Brain: Learning to Rethink the Canon and Find My Own Voice as a Mixed-Race Writer,” Electric Literature, Sept. 13, 2017
Writing & Publishing Communities
- “We’re in the Room, Calvin Trillin: Writers Respond to Trillin’s doggerel ‘Have They Run Out of Provinces Yet?” Asian American Writers Workshop
- Ken Chen, “Authenticity Obsession, or Conceptualism as Minstrel Show,” Asian American Writers’ Workshop, June 1, 2015.
- Jenny Zhang, “They Pretend to Be Us While Pretending We Don’t Exist,” Buzzfeed, Sept. 11, 2015
- Purvi Shah, “The Unbearable (White) Maleness of American Poetry: And How Can We Enable a Structural Response to Literary Yellowface and Gender Inequity in Publishing,” VIDA, Sept. 21, 2015 Arielle Bernstein, “The Saturday Rumpus Interview: Jennifer Baker” (on the We Need Diverse Books effort), The Rumpus, Dec. 12, 2015
- Podcast: Jenn Baker & Bev Rivero, “Minorities in Publishing.”
- Antonio Aiello, “Equity in Publishing: What Should Editors Be Doing?” PEN America (roundtable discussion)
- We Need Diverse Books (organization) with great resources
- Aisha Saeed, “Novels that Get Representation Right,” NaNoWriMo Blog
- Alexis Paige, “An Open Letter to White Allies in the Literary Community.” Jaded Ibis Press, blog June 9, 2016.
Classrooms & Teachers
- Joy Castro, “Racial and Ethnic Justice in the Creative Writing Course,” Gulf Coast, Fall 2015
- Lisa Lee, “Report from the Field: Racial Invisibility and Erasure in the Creative Writing Workshop,” VIDA, Jan 11, 2016.
- Jamila Lyiscott, “If you think you’re giving students of color a voice, get over yourself,” Black(ness) in Bold, March 25, 2016.
- David Mura, “White Writing Teachers (or David Foster Wallace vs. James Baldwin,” Journal of Creative Writing Studies, 1:1, 2016
- “Teaching Citizen: A Southern Humanities Review Online Symposium,” Southern Humanities Review; also Los Angeles Review of Books “Roundtable on ‘Citizen: An American Lyric,” Nick Flynn, Mark Nowak, Ruth Ellen Kocher, Carmen Giménez Smith, Dec. 14, 2014.
- Junot Díaz, “MFA vs. POC,” The New Yorker, April 30, 2014.
- Sonya Larson, “Degrees of Diversity: Talking Race and the MFA,” Poets & Writers, August 19, 2015
- David Mura, “The Student of Color in the Typical MFA Program,” Gulf Coast, April 21, 2015
- Craig Morgan Teicher, “MFA Update May 2016: How the American Creative Writing Community Can Be Made More Inclusive,” Publisher’s Weekly, May 6, 2016
- Juliana Spahr & Stephanie Young, “The Program Era and the Mainly White Room,” LA Review of Books, Sept. 20, 2015
- Hope Wabuke, “Why We Need Diverse MFA Programs,” The Root, Sept. 11, 2014
- LSU Write or Die: An anonymous tumblr of student interactions and experiences
- Challenging the Whiteness of MFA Programs: A Year in Confrontations at UW
Research & Writing
- Jennifer DeLeon, “The Borderlands of Language: Using Italics for ‘Foreign’ Words,” Ploughshares blog, Aug 27, 2012
- “On Race, Research, and the High-Stakes Choices of the Debut Novelist: Kaitlyn Greenidge in Conversation with Angela Flournoy,” LitHub, March 2016
- Claudia Rankine and Beth Loffreda, “On Whiteness and the Racial Imaginary: Where Writers Go Wrong in Imagining the Lives of Others,” LitHub, April 9, 2015
- MariNaomi, “An Illustrated Guide to Writing People of Color (If You Happen to Be a Person Of Another Color),” Buzzfeed, Nov. 4, 2014
- Heben Nigatu, “If White Characters Were Described Like People of Color in Literature,” Buzzfeed, Aug. 22, 2014 (humor)
- Dr. Kym L. Ragusa, “Writing About Race: Narratives of Multiraciality,” MIT Open-Source Course, 2008
- Mitali Perkins, “Writing Race: A Checklist for Writers,” April 28, 2009
- Nisi Shawl, “Appropriate Cultural Appropriation,” Oct. 2004
- “Writing About Race” (Popaganda podcast), along with other great podcasts on similar topics listed on the same page, BITCH media
- Candice Marie Benbow, Download the Lemonade Syllabus: A Collection of Works Celebrating Black Womanhood (after Beyoncé’s “Lemonade), May 7, 2016
- Writing in the Margins: Sensitivity Readers
- Nine TED talks about Race in America
- Writers of Color
- I found some of these sources via Lesley Wheeler’s page, “Diversity in Creative Writing, AWP Prep Pt. 1“; also via this page I found:
- Race and MFA resource page, created by Erika Meitner and Sarah Gambito, which sent me to this:
- Curriculum for White Americans to Educate Themselves on Race and Racism, which also has a ton of great resources.
- Children’s Book Council’s “Resources for Writers“