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The New York Times’ Disability section

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Since May, the New York Times has featured a Disability column, with essays, art, and opinion pieces by people living with disabilities. I have hungrily read these personal essays, nodding my head, hmm-ing, appreciating others sharing their world. Earlier this month, I read Molly Mccully Brown and Susannah Nevison’s piece, “Explaining Our Bodies, Finding Ourselves” (a sort of […]

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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 […]