Books on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Creative Writing
Adsit, Janelle, ed. Critical Creative Writing: Essential Readings on the Writer's Craft. Bloomsbury, 2019.
Adsit, Janelle. Toward an Inclusive Creative Writing. Bloomsbury, 2017.
Adsit, Janelle, and Renée Byrd. Writing Intersectional Identities: Keywords for Creative Writers. Bloomsbury, 2019.
Alexander, Will. Singing in Magnetic Hoofbeat: Essays, Prose Texts, Interviews, and a Lecture, 1997-2007. Edited by Taylor Brady. Essay Press, 2012.
Ben-Oni, Rosebud, ed. On Poetics, Identity, and Latinidad: CantoMundo Poets Speak Out. Essay Press. 2017.
Black, Sheila and Bartlett. Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability. Cinco Puntos Press, 2011.
Crushway, Phil and Michael Warr, eds. Of Poetry and Protest: From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin. Norton, 2016.
Danticat, Edwidge. Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work. Princeton UP, 2010.
Hill, Gabrielle L’Hirondelle and McCall, Sophie. The Land We Are: Artists and Writers Unsettle the Politics of Reconciliation. ARP, 2015.
Gordimer, Nadine. Writing and Being. Harvard UP, 1995.
Jones, Omi Osun Joni L., Lisa L. Moore, Sharon Bridgeforth, eds. Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic: Art, Activism, Academia, and the Austin Project. University of Texas Press, 2010.
Lee, Sherry Quan, ed. How Dare We! Write: A Multicultural Creative Writing Discourse. Modern History Press, 2007.
McCullough, Laura, ed. A Sense of Regard: Essays on Poetry and Race. U of Georgia P, 2015.
Morrison, Toni. Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination. Vintage, 1992.
Muller, Lauren, and June Jordan. June Jordan's Poetry for the People: A Revolutionary Blueprint. Taylor & Francis, 1995.
Mura, David. A Stranger's Journey: Race, Identity, and Narrative Craft in Writing. U of Georgia P, 2018.
Oliver, Stephanie Stokes. Black Ink: Literary Legends on the Peril, Power, and Pleasure of Reading and Writing. Ink 37 (2018).
Philip, M. NourbeSe. Frontiers: Essays and Writings on Racism and Culture. Mercury P, 1992.
Rankine, Claudia, Beth Loffreda, and Max King Cap, eds. The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind. Fence, 2015.
Wang, Dorothy. Thinking Its Presence: Form, Race, and Subjectivity in Asian American Poetry. Stanford University Press, 2014.
Verduyn, Christl, ed. Literary Pluralities. Broadview Press, 1998.
Ward, Cynthia, and Nisi Shawl. Writing the Other: A Practical Conversation. Aqueduct, 2005.
Ziff, Bruce, ed. Borrowed Power: Essays on Cultural Appropriation. Rutgers UP, 1997.
A Few Essays
Ali, Kazim. “Addressing Structural Racism in Creative Writing Programs.” Writer’s Chronicle. October 2016.
Cooley, Nicole. “Literary Legacies and Critical Transformations: Teaching Creative Writing in the Public Urban University.” Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture, 2003.
Derricotte, Toi. “Baring/Bearing Anger: Race in the Creative Writing Classroom.” Writers Chronicle. October/November 1995.
Hegamin, Tonya. “Inclusion and Diversity: A Manifesto and Interview.” Journal of Creative Writing Studies 1.1. 2016.
Lim, Shirley Geok-lin. “Lore, Practice, and Social Identity in Creative Writing Pedagogy: Speaking with a Yellow Voice?” Pedagogy 10.1. (Winter 2010).
Mura, David. “Ferguson, Whiteness as Default, and the Teaching of Creative Writing.” Writers Chronicle (October/November 2016).
Mura, David. “White Writing Teachers (or David Foster Wallace vs. James Baldwin).” Journal of Creative Writing Studies 1.1. (2016).
Naga, Noor, and Robert McGill. "Negotiating Cultural Difference in Creative Writing Workshops: Close Reading Translations and Interpretive Diversity." Pedagogy 18.1 (January 2018): 69-86.
Rankine, Claudia. “In Our Way: Racism in Creative Writing.” Writer’s Chronicle. October/November 2016. Web.
Teleky, Richard. “‘Entering the Silence: Voice, Ethnicity, and the Pedagogy of Creative Writing.” MELUS 26.1. Spring 2001.
Xi, Xu. “Three Commandments for Writing about Race.” Brevity 53. Fall 2016.
See also bibliographies available at: De-Canon: A Visibility Project and Conscious Style Guide
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