what shall we do?

martha southgate's recent article in the new york times on the paucity of 'visible' african-american literary fiction writers (really, writers of color as a whole) is generating much discussion:

tayari jone's post on the article has encouraged some thoughtful responses (including additional commentary by martha southgate), and jenn brissett of a bookseller's tale makes additional points.

my thoughts: each of us has a role/responsibility in these matters. as a lover of literary fiction, i regularly buy and read works by writers of color; as a black/african writer, i write, send out my work, and trust that my voice has a place; as a growing writer, i share my journey and experiences with other writers, especially those similarly situated--offering support and encouragement when i can .

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