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Johanna DeBiase
51:14
Thank you all for sharing so intimately
Johanna DeBiase
54:56
So true!
Debi Shoemaker
55:15
I must leave now, but I thank you for sharing your time.
Juan J. Morales (He/Him)
55:35
Thank you!
jesswitkins
01:16:11
So much goodness in here my hand is cramping from taking notes! Since you can’t see us, just sharing that this is a phenomenal discussion.
Juan J. Morales (He/Him)
01:16:35
@Jess, thank you!
Frank Walker
01:28:06
Not just white lead characters but white saviors…
Jan Smith, SOMOS Executive Director
01:34:32
Black is the body by Emily bernard
Jan Smith, SOMOS Executive Director
01:34:36
minor feelings
Jan Smith, SOMOS Executive Director
01:34:52
Cathy Park Hong
Jan Smith, SOMOS Executive Director
01:35:12
Just Us, Claudia Rankin
Jan Smith, SOMOS Executive Director
01:36:18
Audre Lorde
Jan Smith, SOMOS Executive Director
01:36:20
Bell Hook
Linda Addison
01:36:32
bell hooks!!!
Juan J. Morales (He/Him)
01:37:00
@thanks, Linda. My chat kept capitalizing her first name. :)
Linda Addison
01:37:08
It’s all good
Jan Smith, SOMOS Executive Director
01:37:26
Thomas Jefferson's, Notes on Virginia
Linda Addison
01:38:55
Not sure what the questions was, but The Nation Must Awake (my witness to the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921) by Mary E. Jones Parrish
Jan Smith, SOMOS Executive Director
01:41:08
Pose - the TV series
Juan J. Morales (He/Him)
01:41:33
@Linda, reading, resources, and media you’d recommend is the original question?
Jenn Shapland she/her
01:42:03
How the Word is Passed by Clint Smith visits a number of historic locations in the US and asks how they are contending with the legacies of slavery. The first chapter is set at Monticello and engages with Thomas Jefferson’s Notes on Virginia at length!
Linda Addison
01:42:07
Love POSE, the TV series
Juan J. Morales (He/Him)
01:42:25
@Jenn, I keep recommending that book for my book club. I’ll wear them down!
Jan Smith, SOMOS Executive Director
01:43:50
I am the rage
Jan Smith, SOMOS Executive Director
01:44:37
Tanya Ko Hong, "the War still Within: Poems of the Korean Diaspora"
David Meischen
01:44:46
The essays of James Baldwin! YES.
jesswitkins
01:44:50
If anyone is looking for a craft book on deconstructing western workshopping practices with great writing exercises included, Matthew Salesses’s book “Craft in the Real World” is a wonderful resource! (Public library worker - I can’t NOT offer readers advisory. For an activism note, encourage your local library to purchase these books by authors of color and look for them in their displays. You’ll see how truly motivated they are to be inclusive.)
Jan Smith, SOMOS Executive Director
01:45:41
bookshop.org
Juan J. Morales (He/Him)
01:45:41
@Jess, it’s on my shelf now!
Juan J. Morales (He/Him)
01:45:51
https://www.antiracistworkshop.com/
Linda Addison
01:46:25
Thank you
Carol Seajay
01:47:49
Charis Books and More in Atlanta -- They have the best email about new titles every Tuesday.
Stephanie Han
01:48:28
https://gailvidahamburg.blogspot.com/2020/02/stay-in-your-own-lane-storytelling-will.html
Johanna DeBiase
01:49:27
Very insightful conversation
Ariana Kramer
01:49:49
This has been a really engaging discussion. Thank you all for your nuanced, in-depth sharing. I really appreciate it!
jesswitkins
01:49:57
great question. I see that in my guild/community as well.
Juan J. Morales (He/Him)
01:51:17
@Ariana, thank you so much!
shellirottschafer
01:52:04
Thank you so much for all of these suggestions. I teach at a small liberal arts college in Michigan and I have sent several of these links to colleagues. I really appreciate the community SOMOS is creating.
Juan J. Morales (He/Him)
01:52:23
@shelli, thanks for sharing the word!
Margaret Lee
01:52:32
To Jan’s question: I am excited about the Taos Writer’s Conference hopefully being in person next year BUT- it really helps to have online sessions to make the program more widely accessible.
Juan J. Morales (He/Him)
01:55:22
@Margaret, that’s a great point that should be explored further.
jesswitkins
01:59:30
I have a question/issue for the panel I’d love insight on - as much as we’re seeing positive shifts in publishing with more works by diverse authors/stories, what’s the best way we can respond to authors who profit on diversity for diversity’s sake? I’m seeing a trend of white authors with book covers featuring Black characters and then I go to their social media and there’s nothing about that community, BLM, racial equity, or worse - maybe they even oppose it, but they’re profiting off that diversity as “buzzword” route. Advice for readers to respectfully (or not perhaps?) call that out, and then who do we address that to - the author? the publisher?
Frank Walker
02:00:03
Paid internships during the school year coupled with attendance at the conference in the summer and after Covid have readings and discussions in non-traditional spaces, beauty parlors, barbershops etc.
jesswitkins
02:01:15
For sure!
jesswitkins
02:03:00
As examples - I see a lot more picture books with diverse children, but white authors. And sometimes, it can work. But then I’m also seeing white authors writing sci-fi/fantasy with Black witches on the cover. They might be self-published. I got mad and then didn’t know what to do with that anger.
Juan J. Morales (He/Him)
02:03:02
@Frank, that’s a great idea!
Frank Walker
02:07:46
With the corporation of journalism and newspapers and the disappearing of book reviews, book clubs and book list are more important than ever…
jesswitkins
02:09:09
LOL - thanks. Picking fights on the internet is my superpower, so I appreciate the sound advice to NOT do that.
shellirottschafer
02:09:15
Thank you so much everyone! Cheers.
Charlie K-C
02:10:06
Great discussion--lots of food for thought. Many thanks to all the panelists and participants.
jesswitkins
02:10:09
This was great. I took lots of notes. Thank you to all the panelists for your time and talent!
Johanna DeBiase
02:12:25
Thank you everyone!