Topic: Essays by Writers of Color

IMG_7690Thanks to Cyn Kitchen for this list:  essay (not memoir) recommendations by writers of color, who are American, but who are not writing about race.

Please add your suggestions in the comments!


  • Richard Rodriguez, Darling, excerpted in Harper’s.
  • Alice Walker, “In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens”
  • Louise Erdrich
  • Roxanne Gay, Bad Feminist
  • bell hooks
  • Alison Hawthorne Deming, Colors of Nature
  • Stacyanne Chin, The Other Side of Paradise
  • Ta Nehisi Coates, Beautiful Struggle 

AWP@2015: Alternative Fuel Sources–The Non-Narrative Essay

Screen Shot 2015-04-12 at 5.17.02 PMJoni Tevis (moderating) Brenda Miller, Juliet Patterson, Kimberly Meyer

 When story is not the main concern, what keeps us reading? How can voice, structure, or research provide a pressurizing frame—and a pleasing shape—for nonfiction material? We will explore these questions through readings that rely on elements other than narrative for forward momentum, in the tradition of the idea-driven essays of Montaigne, Shonagon, and others. Essayists who have published nonfiction that depends on something other than narrative will read from and discuss their work. Continue reading

AWP2015: Confronting Our Fears: Turning Adversity into Art

Screen Shot 2015-04-12 at 5.17.02 PMPanelists: Jo Scott-Coe, Michael Steinberg, Renee D’Aoust, Richard Hoffman, and Meredith Hall (presented by Renee D’Aoust)

In a fairy tale, straw may be spun into gold by magic. Alas, in real life, writers rarely have an enchanted pen that turns painful experiences into art. A willingness to dig deep, confront fear, wrestle with truth, and be patient with the process are difficult steps the writer must take. But the struggle to transform experience into art can yield precious rewards: discovery of a deeper story, an elevated meaning, and even, perhaps, redemption from suffering. These are the themes addressed by this panel.

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