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Publication News & Announcements- 9/24/21

Julie Wittes Schlack’s (Nonfiction, June 2013) debut novel, Burning and Dodging, will be released in December 2021, and is now available for preorder from Black Rose Writing. Danielle Legros Georges […]

Hispanic Heritage Month – Rose Viña

Cambridge Common Writers is thrilled to return to our Spotlight series for National Hispanic Heritage Month! Join us as we speak with some of our Hispanic alums about their writing […]

Publication News & Announcements- 9/10/21

Olivia Thomes (Poetry, June 2019) is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Hare’s Paw Literary Journal, and she has published an inaugural issue this month. Michael Mercurio (Poetry, January 2017) has […]

Telling That Story – How Lesley’s MFA Gave Me Skills to Share Survivor Stories

By Mariya Taher (Fiction, June 2016) I graduated from my MFA program in 2016 with the hope that I would apply my sharpened creative writing skills in characterization, point of […]

Publication News & Announcements- 8/27/21

Sara Farizan’s (WFYP, January 2012) YA novel, If You Could Be Mine, has been listed by Time Magazine as one of the 100 best YA books of all time. KB […]

Publication News & Announcements- 8/13/21

Mary Ann Honaker (Poetry, June 2016) has two new poems out: “Wisconsin Hunters Kill Over 200 Wolves in Less Than Three Days” in Poets Reading the News and “Catalogue of […]

Publication News & Announcements- 7/30/21

Liz Shick’s (Fiction, January 2019) novel, The Golden Land, has been awarded the 2021 AWP Prize for the Novel and will be published by New Issues Press.  Olivia Thomes (Poetry, June […]


Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Hub

CCW is dedicated to supporting our writers of every race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, ability/disability, and geographic region, and providing our community the resources with which to celebrate, embrace, and learn about all cultures.

Reading Beyond Neurodivergent Stereotypes

A Reading List for Disability Pride Month
[Alum Featured!]

It’s Time to Pronounce Asian Names Correctly
[Alum Author!]

56 LGBTQ-Owned Bookstores You Can Be Proud to Support

Disability Visibility: 15 Books to Celebrate Disability Pride

All articles from the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Hub are archived on our DEI Hub page.

Funny, searching, and gorgeously written, Burning and Dodging entertains as it reveals how the stories we construct about others support the stories we tell about ourselves.

December 23, 2021

Black Rose Writing

A sweet, spare debut offers a barn’s-eye view of life on a farm, illustrated with grace and gentleness by picture-book veteran Barry Root.

October 29, 2021

Candlewick Press

In African Icons: Ten People Who Shaped History, Baptiste engages in the hard work of unveiling the myths about the African continent to young readers. She pierces together the stories of ten people in a continent that fueled the world. This is a great beginner’s guide to pre-colonial Africa. —Ibram X. Kendi

October 19, 2021

Algonquin Young Readers

In its grace and elegance, its interlaced leitmotifs and shapely tendrils, The Long Field is a literary Celtic knot of quite exquisite power. — Mike Parker

September 2021

Little Toller Books

An Ordinary Wonder is a spellbinding tale that prompts deep reflection around concepts of gender and identity. Buki Papillion’s writing has a vivid beauty that kept me enthralled throughout. Angela Chadwick

September 7, 2021

Dialogue Books (Little, Brown UK)

Melding the sensibilities of art nouveau with Asian nature paintings […] Contemporary themes of radical transparency and appreciating interconnectedness will ring true for a modern audience. Publishers Weekly

August 24, 2021

Yeehoo Press

A family feud before the start of seventh grade propels Meilan from Boston’s Chinatown to rural Ohio, where she must tap into her inner strength and sense of justice to make a new place for herself in this resonant debut.

August 17, 2021

Kokila/Penguin Young Readers

The HerStories Project is proud to announce the publication of its fifth essay collection, featuring 31 essays from midlife writers and an introduction from co-editors Jessica Smock and Stephanie Sprenger.

August 2021

The HerStories Project

K-pop helps a cellist develop musically and emotionally in this novel filled with humor and theatrics. — Kirkus Review

July 13, 2021

Harper Teen