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VONA/Voices

VONA/VOICES, THE ONLY MULTI-GENRE WORKSHOP FOR WRITERS OF COLOR IN THE NATION, BRINGS WRITERS OF COLOR FROM THE MARGINS TO A COMMUNITY WHERE THEIR WORK IS CENTRALIZED AND HONORED. JOIN US AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY FOR A WEEK OF WRITING WORKSHOPS.

via VONA/Voices.

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MFA vs. POC : The New Yorker

Toni Morrison

Twenty years since the workshop and what I’m left with now is not bitterness or anger but an abiding sense of loss. Lost time, lost opportunities, lost people. When I think on it now what’s most clear to me is how easily ours could have been a dope workshop. What might have been if we’d had one sympathetic faculty in our fiction program. If we Calibans hadn’t all retreated into our separate bolt holes. If we’d actually been there for each other. What might have been if the other writers of color in the workshop—the ones who were like I don’t want to write about race—had at least been open to discussing why that might be the case. I wonder what work might have been produced had we writers of colors been able to talk across our connections and divides, if we’d all felt safe and accounted for in the workshop, if we’d all been each other’s witnesses. What might have been.

via MFA vs. POC : The New Yorker.

Gurrrl, You Just Have to Read This! The 2013 Clutch Reading Challenge | Clutch Magazine

Gurrrl, You Just Have to Read This! The 2013 Clutch Reading Challenge

readingThis is what happens when bookish black women start talking about good literature on a lazy holiday weekday. I asked folks on Twitter andFacebook to help me craft a list of 10 books by black women that everyone should read. Instead of 10, I got 100.
http://www.clutchmagonline.com/2013/01/gurrrl-you-just-have-to-read-this-the-2013-clutch-reading-challenge/#.UOj-0weHVHs.gmail