Creative Writing at The New School

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 beloved community." 
– bell hooks, "Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope"

"Teaching and Community: A Pedagogy of Hope," bell hooks

"In Defense of a Loaded Word," Ta-Nehisi Coates

"Ta-Nehisi Coates Has an Incredibly Clear Explanation for Why White People Shouldn't Use the N-word," German Lopez

"Real Women Have Bodies," Carmen Maria Machado

"The Bark Mitzvah," Mira Jacob

"Not In a Vacuum," "feeld," and "September," Jos Charles

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