Monday, February 2, 2015

Diverse Words: January 2015

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


WNDB calls for submissions for the Walter Dean Myers Award.

Malinda Lo’s “On Self-Rejection and Writing from a Marginalized Perspective.”

Saladin Ahmed writes on power and self-censorship.

At Book Riot, Morgan Jerkins writes “On Alexander Pushkin’s Blackness.”

Daniel José Older has “12 Fundamentals Of Writing ‘The Other’ (And The Self).”

Sonali Dev on her “authenticity in diversity a-ha moment” about dialogue.
(via Alisha Rai)



Diversity in Publishing


Justina Ireland sets out publishing’s diversity problem.

Time announced their best 100 YA books of all time, and it’s almost entirely white authors.

Amanda Nelson has a FAQ about reading diversely at Book Riot.



Diversity Outside Story


Gail Bambrick reports on the fallacy in film that black movies make less.
(via Lee & Low Books)

An NAACP office in Colorado was bombed.

Leelah Alcorn’s suicide brought about a call to help trans teens.

Tom Pollock talks about mental illness and getting past the taboo of talking about it.

Malek Merabet, brother of Ahmed Merabet, officer killed in the Charlie Hebdo attacks, urges people to not confuse extremists with Muslims.

Matthew Ojibade, a black man with bipolar, died in a restraining chair in police custody.

Steven Thrasher reports on Bayard Rustin, the Civil Rights fighter almost erased from history by homophobia.

Eric Garner’s memorial was burned down on Martin Luther King Day.
(via Ashley Ford)

Gradient Lair on representation in film and the lies of white supremacy.
(via @FeministaJones)

Brittney Cooper reports on Maureen Dowd and the backlash against Selma.

The Radical Brownies is a young girls’ organization focused on social justice and history.
(via Jorge Rivas)

A report on the experiences of women of color in STEM fields.
(via GeekGirlCamp)

An 11-year-old girl’s account of being forced to the floor at gunpoint by police.


In Peru, mothers of serial harassers help confront them.



1 comment:

  1. Saladin Ahmed's post on censorship gave me a lot to think about. Like how most satirists are able cishet white men. Would we even listen to minority voices speaking satire, or call them hateful and agenda-driven?

    I'm glad you included the mental health article. Do you have any SFF novels you'd recommend with protags that struggle with mental illness?

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