Monday, November 3, 2014

Diverse Words: October 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 continually a work in process, so suggestions are always welcome!

Since NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) has begun, I also included some general, non-October-specific links that writers writing outside their own experiences might want to visit. It's a very limited list but hopefully helpful! If you have more, let us know in the comments!

Diversity in Writing

Lambda Literary has a writing retreat for emerging LGBTQ voices. Applications due January 5, 2015. 

SCBWI has an award for Emerging Voices. Executive Director Lin Oliver talks more about it here. 

The New York Public Library hosted a panel called “Native Fiction and the Editorial Process” with authors Eric Gansworth and Joseph Bruchac and their editors, Cheryl Klein and Stacy Whitman.

We Need Diverse Books announced an award and grants named after author Walter Dean Myers.

Corinne Duyvis talks at The Guardian about issue books and incidental diversity and problems that arise if we prize the incidental.

M Sereno discusses the difficulty of finally submitting her work after being marginalized as a writer.

Writing With Color posted a list of common micro-aggressions African-American and/or Black people face. 

At SF Signal, Corinne Duyvis talks about disability metaphors in sci-fi/fantasy fiction, whether intentional or not.
(via @diversityinya)

Sage Blackwood lists 6 disability tropes in middle grade that need to go away.

NaNoWriMo Special: Other Sites for Writing Outside Your Experience

CBC Diversity is a website by the Children's Book Council to engage in discussions about diversity in writing and publishing.

Lee & Low lists 10 resources for writing cross-culturally.

YA Flash has 12 resources for diverse writing and books.

MedievalPOC seeks to erase the idea that Medieval Europe was whites-only. The resources list is helpful as well.

American Indians in Children's Literature provides critical perspectives and analysis of indigenous representation in children's and YA books.

Disability in Kidlit reviews and discusses disability in children's and YA books.

Nicola K. Richardson talks writing race in YA.

Mitali Perkins has a checklist for writing race. She also has a checklist for "seeing" race/culture in books.

Michi at traumachu talks about Asian "accents."

Kayla Ancrum wrote about writing POC when you’re white. And she followed it up by separating common culture from whiteness.

Malinda Lo has a 5 part series on how to avoid LGBTQ stereotypes in YA fiction (and it certainly applies to adult and MG as well).

Diversity in Publishing

Alvina Ling, Stacey Barney, Jason Low, and Jim Milliot warn that lack of diversity threatens publishing.

We Need Diverse Books is also running an IndieGoGo campaign to raise funds to diversify reading and promotion.

Bitch Magazine highlighted five Black female sci-fi authors you should know.

The New York Times as a video series called Off Color, highlighting artists of color.

Scratch magazine had a roundtable on “Publishing While Black.”

At Styleite, Kate Rain Hill talks being transgender in Oklahoma and her memoir, Rethinking Normal.

Stacy Whitman, editor at Tu Books, posted a recap of diversity panels at New York Comic Con.

Natalie Zutter reports on the New York Comic Con panel on transgender themes in comics.

Jazmine Hughes responds to a white author who is against the diversity on modern Nickelodeon shows.

Jamilah King reports on the epidemic of violence against transgender women of color.
(via @sesmithwrites)

Diversity Outside Story

Raymond Burse, president of Kentucky State University, cut his salary to up the campus minimum wage.

Voters in Peru have elected their first openly trans council member.

Karin at Claiming Crip talks about romance and how she was told love would come to her only in spite of her disability.

Pacific Lutheran University has a billboard series about the damage of words.

Citizens of Burkina Faso are protesting President Blaise Compaore’s initiative to extend his presidency.

Feminists in Barcelona, Spain held a massive strike.
(via @nkjemisin)

Police in Ferguson, MO, U.S. stock up on riot gear pending a grand jury’s decision as to whether or not to charge the police office responsible for Michael Brown’s murder.

Apple CEO Tim Cook came out as gay.

A video of a woman being harassed over 100 times in 10 hours in NYC went viral, and Hanna Rosin talks about the problems with it. 

Tatyana Fazlalizadeh used her art to take on street harassers.

Millions of voters in the U.S., especially those from underrepresented groups, face voting blocks.

Kelley L. Carter at BuzzFeed reports on the blackface going on in Hollywood’s stunt side.

At Bitch magazine, Alex Zielinski reports on the high rates of eviction that black women face.

BBC discusses how blind Victorians campaigned for inclusive education in London.

Anita Sarkeesian canceled a speaking engagement after threats and Utah police said they wouldn’t stop anyone from bringing guns.

Murtaza Hussain looks at the anti-Muslim bigotry of Bill Maher.
(via @saladinahmed)

A black teen was peppersprayed in his own home because police didn’t believe he could be the child of his white foster parents.

Mat Fraser talks about working on American Horror Story: Freak Show

The full Geeks of Color Go Pro panel from New York Comic Con:


  1. What a list! Always so glad to see these, Amy!

  2. You had a post about incidental and highlighted diversity in lit a little while ago, which I found interesting because I've always enjoyed incidentally diverse books more. But Corinne Duyvis' article about how incidental books can erase the problems that neuroatypical or other marginalized groups face has me convinced that both really are important.
    Thanks again for these diversity posts. I look forward to reading these every month.