Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Diverse Words: May 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!

Dr. Maya Angelou passed away this month. Ashley Ford writes about Angelou's influence and teachings at BuzzFeed.

Diversity in Writing

At the New Yorker, Junot Díaz has a condensed version of his introduction to Dismantle, discussing MFA vs. POC.

Prachi Gupta at Salon then reported on the diverse books in Junot Díaz’s syllabus.
(via @debreese)

The Speculative Literature Foundation is open to applications for their Diverse Writers and Diverse Worlds grants; due by July 1.

At Scalzi’s blog, Rose Fox and Daniel José Older the how and why behind their anthology, Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History.

Due to a review of a story in Long Hidden, there was conversation about the use of dialect and patois in fiction. Here’s a link round-up by Sofia Samatar.

Natalie Whipple talks about white authors writing outside their culture.

Vanessa Di Gregorio writes about diversity and the “other” in fantasy.
(via @gildedspine)

Diversity in Books

May was the beginning of the We Need Diverse Books campaign.

Bogi Takács has 3 posts discussing different ways of pushing and addressing #WeNeedDiverseBooks.

Elizabeth Bird asks “We need diverse books...but are we willing to discuss them with our kids?”
(via @debreese)

Publishers Weekly reports on the #WeNeedDiverseBooks panel at BookCon, and initiatives moving forward.

Nita Tyndall posted a list of LGBTQ YA where the focus isn’t on coming out.

At Tor.com, editor Diana Pho has a conversation with Rose Fox and Daniel Daniel José Older, editors the anthology Long Hidden.

biyuti publishing, a press focused on works by trans people of color, is fundraising on Indiegogo.

School Library Journal looks at Children’s Books, Still an All-White World?

K.T. Horning of the Cooperative Children's Book Center talks about SLJ’s use of the terms “Culturally Generic/Neutral.”
(via @debreese)

Lamar Giles clarifies about the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign.

Jennifer Pan and Sarah McCarry talk about why they left publishing.

Charles Tan talks about bigotry, cognitive dissonance, and submission guidelines.

Karen Sandler asks “But Could You Sit Down and Listen Now?”

At YA Highway, Stephanie Kuehn presents some YA books that talk about mental health.

At The Guardian, James Dawson uses an analogy to talk about the importance of LGBT visibility in children’s books.

Anne Ursu writes about “the John Green effect,” contemporary realism, and form as a political act.
(via @nkjemisin)

Chen Qiufan (translated by Ken Liu) writes about Chinese science fiction in a culture in transition at Tor.com.

Jennifer Mathieu goes beyond slut-shaming to praise the bad girls of YA.
(via @sarahlapolla)

Sunil Patel reports on a disappointing panel at the Nebulas.

Debbie Reese has put together (and continues to add to) a gallery highlighting images of stereotypes of American Indians in children’s books.

N.K. Jemisin’s WisCon speech.

Diversity Outside Story

Graphic Policy has an interview with comics writer and artist Polly Guo.

At BuzzFeed, Saladin Ahmed talks about how censors killed progressive golden age comics.

Scott Woods uses The Matrix, professional sports, and Pac-Man as analogies for racism.
(via @nkjemisin)

Comedian Brian Fischler writes about what it’s like to travel with a guide dog.
(via @kody_keplinger)

At Colorlines, Julianne Hing talks about race, disability, and the school-to-prison pipeline.

Arthur Chu writes about misogyny, entitlement, and nerds.
(via @sarahw)

In the U.S., the Medicare ban on transgender healthcare has been overturned.
(via @keffy)

Ta-Nehisi Coates writes The Case for Reparations.

In her documentary, The Aryans, Mo Asumang confronts neo-Nazis and the KKK.

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