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The power of writers as activists

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The incredible Taylor Lewis reflects on the power of writers as activists, her experiences teaching abroad in France, going to grad school in Hawaii, and the current political climate in a recent article in The Writers’ Bloc. Back in 2011, at the Jiménez-Porter Writers’ House at the University of Maryland, Taylor had the great idea to […]

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What is #OwnYourOwn?

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The #OwnYourOwn hashtag has taken off this week. It’s a space on Twitter to encourage and inspire marginalized writers. It’s a call to #OwnYourOwn voice, #OwnYourOwn dreams, #OwnYourOwn story. This community is rallying around the #ownvoices hashtag as well, which encourages the telling of stories from diverse groups and members of that group. The hashtag was started by Kaye M., a […]

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On the legitimacy of pen names

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There’s been another storm brewing in the writing and publishing world over the Labor Day weekend. The Best of American Poetry 2015 was released, and with it a bio from Michael Derrick Hudson who used a pen name of Yi-Fen Chou for his poem. Hudson, who is white, used the pen name after his poem […]

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Representation in journalism

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The Columbia Journalism Review published an article yesterday asking why there aren’t more minority journalists in newsrooms. Alex Williams, a PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania, studies trends in journalism. While the Commission called for an increased emphasis on better housing, education, and social service policies, some of its strongest criticism was directed toward mainstream media. […]

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Portrait of the Artist as a Young Male White Poet

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Electric Literature published an advice column in early June where a white male poet addressed his privilege head-on and asked if the time for white writers has come to an end. “I am a white, male poet—a white, male poet who is aware of his privilege and sensitive to inequalities facing women, POC, and LGBTQ individuals. But […]

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Molly Secours challenges white privilege and injustice at Elon University’s second-annual Diversity Leadership Conference

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APRIL 2, 2011 Marlena Chertock “Everyone living in our culture, in America, experiences a culture of white dominance,” writer Molly Secours said. “It’s how our culture was set up.” Secours discussed white privilege among other social justice issues Saturday in Whitley Auditorium as part of the second-annual Diversity Leadership Conference. She spoke in place of […]