Monday, March 31, 2014

Diverse Words: March 2014

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!

But first of all, if you like link round-ups, I highly suggest heading over to Cynthia Leitich Smith's website for lots of great links about writing, diversity, and more.

Diversity in Writing

Speaking of CLS, she writes at her blog about “Writing, Tonto & The Wise-Cracking Minority Sidekick Who Is the First to Die.” 

At Clarkesworld, Jason Heller writes on growing up geek and poor.

Malinda Lo talks about writing dialogue about race and how “It’s difficult to reach both readers.”

K. Tempest Bradford talks has a modest proposal for Getting More Writers of Color to Workshops.

At Disability in Kidlit, Marieke Nijkamp writes about the problems with the Trope of Curing Disability.

“You Can’t Do That! Stories Have to Be About White People!” A primary school teacher talks about his students of color almost always writing white characters. (via @srtcullen1)

Teen Lit Rocks has an open letter. Dear Author: Learn to Write About Race and Ethnicity. (via @TuBooks)

Diversity in Books

Debbie Reese gives an overview of the CCBC discussion on diversity in Feb 2014 at her blog American Indians in Children’s Literature (many excellent posts to read there as well). More CCBC discussion and links to discussion at Crazy Quilt Edi.

Patrice Caldwell writes on how It's More Than Representation when it comes to the lack of diversity in children's books.

In a 1998 essay in the New York Review of Science Fiction, author Samuel R. Delany writes about “Racism and Science Fiction.”

Nisi Shawl talks about Reviewing the Other.

Christopher Myers at the New York Times writes on the Apartheid of Children's Literature. (via Malinda Lo)

Lee & Low suggests places to find diverse children's books.

Christopher Myers, Mitali Perkins, LeUyen Pham, Kathleen Horning, and Nina Lindsay, with host Mina Kim, talk about how People of Color are Underrepresented in Children's Books. (via @jennyhan)

Diversity Beyond Story

Rose Lemberg points out that change is not about age but about power, so we should Replace "Old" with "Hegemonic."

Nico Lang at The Daily Dot discusses the backlash against female actors each awards season.

At Apex Magazine, K. Tempest Bradford talks about Invisible Bisexuality in Torchwood and popular culture.

The International Studio and Curatorial Program has an open call for artists currently living and working in the Middle East and North Africa to apply for a residency in Brooklyn, NY, USA. (via @SaladinAhmed)
Media Diversified had a series called “Complicit No More” on Womanism, Feminism, and Intersectionality. (via @Huma101)

Elon James White explains to the NY Times that talking about the wealth gap isn’t inciting envy, it’s telling the truth.

PolicyMic reports on a study on the diversity gap in TV and movies, despite shows and movies with more diverse casts have more viewers/make more money.

On the other side of the camera, Maureen Ryan reports how few creators of drama TV cable shows are women or people of color. (via @SaladinAhmed)

An article at PS Magazine reports on research that highlights how much of Western academic information is based on only a small cultural slice of humanity.

At Lee & Low, Jill Eisenberg asks Where Do Boys Belong In Women’s History Month.

Police Violence and Peoples With Disabilities is dedicated to recording the stories of people with disabilities that are subjected to police brutality, a fact largely unreported because organizations who monitor police brutality don’t track disability status.

Former Undercover Drug Narc on Why Police Don’t Bust White People and How He Turned Against Drug War.

The video doesn't seem to be available yet, but Mellody Hobson's TED Talk about being color brave instead of color blind is summarized on their blog.

Sana Amanat, an editor at Marvel, talks about Myths, misfits & masks:


  1. Great idea, bringing everything together in a monthly post. Looking forward to the next instalment.

  2. Great idea, bringing everything together in a monthly post. This is a fantastic resource for writers. Looking forward to the next instalment.

  3. Wonderful resource! Great post, Amy. Thanks.