June 17, 2015

“We don’t want to hear, ‘I can’t find any’ ever again, okay?”


Image via writersofcolor.org

Image via writersofcolor.org

A really great and important thing happened last week: Bijan Stephen, Jazmine Hughes, Durga Chew-Bose, Vijith Assar, and Buster Bylander launched “Writers of Color,” a platform “to create more visibility for writers of color [and to] ease their access to publications.”

They announced their plans in Bijan’s Friday guest tab, “Let Us Do Now What You Fear Most,” for Today in Tabs (if you don’t get this very good newsletter, you should), where Jazmine wrote:

Like all good things, this began over brunch. Durga Chew-Bose wondered aloud about the inability—or unwillingness, tbh—of editors to find writers of color for their publications, and posed a solution: What if we did the job for them? What if we put together a database of writers of color as a resource for editors? What if we made this so easy that people couldn’t ignore it?

First: we finished brunch. Then, along with Vijith Assar and Buster Bylander, we set the plan in motion: create a site that listed writers of color, searchable by location and interest, and promote it to assigning editors.

You can follow @Writersof Color on Twitter, and offer support or suggestions at [email protected]

As of this writing, there are more than 700 writers included in the database, listed with links to their work, contact information, and locations. We don’t want to hear, “I can’t find any” ever again, okay? 

Taylor Sperry is a former Melville House editor.