The Creative Writing Program is embarking on something new this fall. We are sharing a common reading list with students, faculty, and staff by notable contemporary writers on issues of diversity and inclusion.
This collection of formally different works- essays, stories, graphic narrative, and poetry- is intended to help us think together about how to creatively and productively engage with difficult topics.
Graduate and undergraduate students in the Writer's Life Colloquium course are reflecting on these readings, but we also want to share them widely and encourage conversation and practice.
"To build community requires vigilant awareness of the work we must continually do to undermine all the socialization that leads us to behave in ways that perpetuate domination. A body of critical theory is now available that explains all the workings of white-supremacist thought and racism. But explanations alone do not bring us to the practice of
– bell hooks, "Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope"
"In Defense of a Loaded Word," Ta-Nehisi Coates
"Real Women Have Bodies," Carmen Maria Machado
"The Bark Mitzvah," Mira Jacob
"Not In a Vacuum," "feeld," and "September," Jos Charles