It’s that time again: that time every week where I round up links to articles written by marginalized people pushing back against oppression in publishing. I’m aggregated as many marginalized voices as possible from as many vectors as possible, and the more intersectional the better. As always if you’ve read something I missed please link it in the comments.
“Equity in Publishing: What Should Editors Be Doing?” by Antonio Aiello for PEN
ALEXANDER CHEE: I guess I’m still stuck on this “white nepotism,” “brown nepotism” idea Sherman Alexie has left us with—in which he mistakes white supremacy for nepotism, and the work to undo it for another kind of nepotism. I am still trying to see the good in what Alexie has done, but I can only think that while he has indeed defended his choices, and perhaps, the way those choices were made, he has done so at the cost of approximately 100 years of writing and activism by Asian American writers, who have, at sometimes considerable social and professional cost, worked to pry open even a little of the white Potemkin village that is contemporary American publishing.
Poet Gregory Pardlo: ‘I won the Pulitzer: why am I invisible?’ by Angela Chen for The Guardian
“One of the things I run into surprisingly often is people saying to me, ‘I’ve never heard of you before,’” says poet Gregory Pardlo. “Yet I’ve been publishing in ‘mainstream’ journals and my book won that prize, so what is it that is making me invisible? It’s not the work and it’s not the publishing credits.”
“This Is Getting Old” by Katherine Locke
Bird, unlike Breslin, isn’t anti-Semitic. Just determinedly tonedeaf about marginalized people’s hurt and their right to protect themselves and express the hurt at the same time. But suggesting that marginalized people must be hurt, must continue to be hurt, must make themselves open to hurt in order to converse is cruel, unnecessary, and wrong.
“12 Fundamentals of Writing ‘The Other’ (And The Self)” by Daniel Jose Older for Buzzfeed
To write, we must listen. To listen, we must shut up. And this isn’t the simple kind of listening, where you’re waiting for them to finish what they can say so you can jump in real quick with your point. Really, have a seat, take a deep breath, and listen to what people around you are saying. Listen to yourself, your quiet self. To your doubts and fears, the things you don’t want to admit. Listen to the things folks say that make you uncomfortable. Sit with that discomfort.