S140. Committing to Inclusion: What Does It "Really" Mean?

Marquis Salon 6, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Two
Saturday, February 11, 2017
10:30 am to 11:45 am


So your writing organization believes that race, gender, sexual orientation, and other dimensions of diversity are integral to artistic excellence. But what does that really mean? What vision and work does it entail? Since 2012, GrubStreet has been reckoning with its own shortcomings in this area, and working toward real and meaningful change. Come hear from board members, staff, and instructors about our ongoing structural efforts to ensure that our community is fully inclusive to all.



Sonya Larson's work has appeared in American Literary Review, Salamander, West Branch, Audible.com, Poets & Writers, and more, and she has received awards from Best American Short Stories 2015, Bread Loaf, and Vermont Studio Center. She is assistant director of the Muse & the Marketplace conference, hosted by GrubStreet.

Jonathan Escoffery is an instructor and the program and advocacy manager at GrubStreet. He earned his MFA in fiction from the University of Minnesota. His writing has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and an AWP Intro Award, and has appeared in Salt Hill Journal, the Caribbean Writer, and elsewhere.

Deborah Plummer is a psychologist, diversity thought leader, and author of three books on diversity and race relations. She has published essays in major magazines and a women of color anthology. She is a proud board member of GrubStreet, one of the nation's leading creative writing centers.

Alison Murphy is the director of programs and marketing at GrubStreet, the nation's leading independent creative writing center. Her writing can be found in Men's Journal, Psychology Today, and WBUR's Cognoscenti, among other publications. She is at work on her first novel.


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