Monday, January 5, 2015

Diverse Words: December 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!

Diversity in Writing

Nalo Hopkinson suggests ways anthology editors can create anthologies with a diversity of voice. N.K. Jemisin adds that writers recognize when editors do it wrong.

Tade Thompson writes about the depiction of Otherness, with a guide to interrogating your text.
(via Connor Goldsmith)

Diversity in Books

Maya Arce and fellow Tucson students fight the state of Arizona to regain their Mexican-American studies program.
(via Zinn Ed Project)

Reading Wishes and Rather Be Reading Blogs are co-sponsoring the Dive Into Diversity 2015 Reading Challenge.
(via Kaye)

Karen E. Quinones Miller interviews two black bookstore owners in Philadelphia, PA.
(via Amanda Tintero)

On the podcast The Majority Report historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz talks about her book An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States.

Sofia Samatar talks about the grand unified theory of female pain.

Ebook restrictions cause barriers for visually-impaired readers.
(via Ron Hogan)

Amanda Nelson wants the book world to stop making excuses for its race problem.
(via Lee & Low Books)

Debbie Reese lists her best books of 2014 by Native writers and non-Native writers who got it right.

Nakiya writes at about not seeing herself in fiction.

Daniel José Older talks representation in fiction, protests, and the misreading of rage.

Faythe Arrendondo asks where the poor teens are in contemporary YA.

Anne Ursu talks about the problems with a book called “Don’t Call Me Fat.”

Diversity Outside Story

NPR remembers Marion Downs, an audiologist who pushed for hearing testing at birth.

Carl Anka talks about how Afro hair is a powerful mode of expression.

Imran Siddiquee talks about the significance of a black Annie.

In his last press conference of the year, U.S. President Obama called on only women.

New York’s Rikers Island is being sued by the United States over the treatment of teen inmates.
(via s.e. smith)

kris ex writes about criticism of Azeallia Banks.
(via John Jacobson)

Brit Bennett’s “I Don’t Know What to Do With Good White People.”
(via N.K. Jemisin)

The Atlantic reports that toys are more divided by gender now than they were 50 years ago.

The director of Selma, Ava DuVernay, talks the film, the protests, and the Sony hack.

Kẏra writes how the focus on diversity and inclusion can uphold white supremecy.
(via Sofia Samatar)

Black professors write an open letter of love to Black students.

Mikki Kendall writes about what it’s like to be a Black mother right now.

Laverne Cox on Bullying and Being a Trans Woman of Color

5 Tips for Being an Ally

1 comment:

  1. That Laverne Cox video was fantastic. I may or may not have cried.