Diversity is a major topic of discussion in publishing, and so Diverse Words is a monthly link round-up that will highlight some conversations going on in publishing and beyond.
This segment is a work in process, so suggestions are always welcome!
Diversity in Writing
If you're a writer of color, the Carl Brandon Society is offering a scholarship to the Out of Excuses Writing Retreat. Application is due March 15, 2014.
On Beth Revis' blog, ten authors weigh in on Why Diversity Is Important?
On the All Sorts blog, Robin Stevens wrote about Writing Diverse Characters, and Sangu Mandanna followed up with On Diversity and Story, discussing how tropes and stereotypes damage story quality.
Shaun David Hutchinson writes on his blog that Casual Sexism and Homophobia Has No Place In Books, questioning the inclusion of sexism and homophobia in stories when it has no consequences.
Diversity in Books
At Tor.Com, Alex Dally MacFarlane introduces a new column on Post-Binary Gender in Science Fiction, following up with a discussion about Mission Child by Maureen F. McHugh.
At All Brown All Around, Celia C. Perez reflects on the question "Why are they always white children?", and offers ways publisher, librarians, and everyone involved in children's books can increase publication, circulation, and exposure for books by and about Latin@s.
Foz Meadows reports on an all-white, mostly male guide to science fiction/fantasy distributed by Waterstones bookstores, prompting Adam Whitehead to post a list of some science fiction/fantasy female authors they overlooked.
Future Librarian Superhero introduces a new project to promote Everyday Diversity in picture books, and wants your help!
On the School Library Journal blog, Susan Hanks, Debbie Reese, Teresa Runnels, and Tim Tingle share their list of the Top 100 Books by Indigenous Writers.
Since the Oscar winners were announced last night, now's a good time to share Tu Books' infographic on The Diversity Gap in the Academy Awards.
Invisible Universe is a documentary on the history of blackness in speculative fiction, and you can help fund it.
Jim Hines had two weeks of guest posts about representation on his blog.
Week One: Mark Oshiro writes about growing up Parched for representative stories; Katharine Kerr discusses the problem with Boys' Books; Susan Jane Bigelow talks about characters in stories Clicking with her; Charlotte Ashley has a Princess Problem with media portrayals; Ada Hoffman talks about Autism, Representation, Success; Katie discusses Gender in Genre and the relative lack of trans* characters.
Week Two: Michi Trota points out the problems with "I Don't See Color;" Nalini Haynes writes how the Evil Albino Trope is Evil; Joie Young discusses the importance of Options in life and literature; Derek Handley brings up the problem with Representation without Understanding; Morgan Dambergs talks about being Non-binary and Not Represented.
Diversity Beyond Story
Brittney Cooper writes in Salon on "Michael Dunn and the open season on black teenagers: The onslaught of white murder," a serious look at Florida's Stand Your Ground laws and what it means for Black teens.
Samil S. Patel reports in Archaeology about Stone Towns of the Swahili, an excavation of the medieval Swahili town of Songo Mnara in Tanzania. (via i09)
Matika Wilbur's Project 562 had a successful Kickstarter campaign, allowing her to continue to photograph Native America and change the way Native Americans are viewed. (via Tu Books)
"America Is the Land of the Free -- Unless You're Muslim." Laila Alawa writes about what a federal judges ruling means for Muslim-Americans. (via @ZareenJaffery)
William Saletan's article "The Muslim Taxi Driver" writes about the role Islamaphobia played in axing Arizona's recent antigay bill. (via @SaladinAhmed)
Aamer Rahman Destroys the Myth of Reverse Racism In Less Than Three Minutes: