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Various Undocupoets from throughout the nation recently have been working on a petition against the unjust discrimination imposed by first book contests. In the poetry community, too many publishers ask for “proof of US citizenship or permanent residency” prior to publication. This small but strong statement serves to exclude 11.7… [Read More]
How can we tell real diversity—diversity that reflects a variety of lived experiences—from this fake kind when all we’ve ever seen is the same white, cis, male, hetero stories passed off as representative of the entire range of human experience? We need diverse books so our kids can see the… [Read More]
Dear Tenured Mom, I’m currently on the academic job market and pregnant. While the pregnancy itself is exciting and great news in my personal life, I’ve heard it can/will be frowned upon by hiring committees. When I was on the market last year, several committees asked me if I had… [Read More]
VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, the nonprofit organization founded to raise awareness of gender equality issues in literary culture, announces that this year we will release a Women of Color VIDA Count as part of our annual VIDA Count data. Since 2010, VIDA has sought to deepen and complicate the… [Read More]
Recently my grandmother writes on Facebook under a picture of my, at the time, fourteen-year-old sister: “sexy.” A few days later I see my now seventeen-year-old sister, nine years my junior, in an H&M plaid mini-skirt that barely covers her ass. “That’s way too short,” I say and, then, in… [Read More]
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