8 New Books by Women of Color

8 New Books by Women of Color

Now, more than ever, it’s important to read authors of color, and these picks from She Reads are the perfect addition to your summer and fall reading lists. 

Women Poets’ Prize Announces First 3 Winners

Women Poets’ Prize Announces First 3 Winners

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This 2018, the Women Poets’ Prize is honoring its first set of victors. The new literary prize commemorates beloved UK editor Rebecca Swift, who prematurely died of cancer in April 2017. A poet herself, Swift was dedicated to helping writers tackle the problem of the dreaded slush pile— the mound of un-agented manuscripts that most publishers don’t have the resources to read through. In 1996, she founded The Literary Consultancy (TLC), a group providing editorial feedback to developing writers. Throughout her life, she also performed charitable work with the goal of providing mental healthcare to underprivileged women. The Women Poets’ Prize celebrates Swift’s life, as well as …

5 Female Poets of Color Who Will Change Your Life

5 Female Poets of Color Who Will Change Your Life

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As a creative writing student obsessed with how poets today are redefining the genre, I think there’s a wealth of information that these female POC authors have taught me. Emily Dickinson once said, “If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.” These poets take your brain out, shake it up, spin it around, throw it into a forest, wash it, then put it back into your skull without you even noticing because you’re so fervently engrossed in their verse. They’re that good.   I think poetry doesn’t get as …