Cambridge Common Writers exists to provide a gathering place for alumni, faculty, and friends of Lesley University’s MFA Program in Creative Writing, situated in Cambridge, Massachusetts. We seek to cultivate new and diverse literary voices.

Publication News & Announcements: January 2023

Caitlin T.D. Robinson (WFYP, June 2018) is the winner of the 2022 Princemere Poetry Prize for her poem “A Mother’s Sestina.” Frances Donovan (Poetry, June 2019) has a new poetry […]

‘The Golden Land’ Book Launch with Elizabeth Shick (Video)

Check out the below video to watch the Cambridge Common Writers-hosted book launch for Elizabeth Shick’s (Fiction, January 2019) debut novel, The Golden Land. A debut novel that digs deep into […]

Publication News & Announcements: December 2022

Patty O’Connell Pearson’s (WFYP, June 2015) new middle-grade book We Are Your Children Too is now available for preorder from Simon & Schuster. Karin Cecile Davidson’s (Fiction, June 2009) new […]

Cambridge Common Writers End-of-Year Celebration and Gift Guide 2022

Here we are again, at the end of another year. It’s been a productive time for the Cambridge Common Writers community, with book launches, readings, awards, and so much writing. […]

Publication News & Announcements: November 2022

Mary Ann Honaker (Poetry, June 2016) has a poem “Shame” in the November 2022 issue of Better Than Starbucks. Saraciea J. Fennell (WFYP, January 2020) hosted the 2022 National Book […]

Publishing During the Pandemic and Beyond: A Conversation with Hayley Krischer

YA author Hayley Krischer takes some time to talk to us about why kids need books that don’t shy away from darker subjects, highlights from her long career in journalism, […]

‘Beneath the Wide Silk Sky’ Book Launch with Emily Inouye Huey (Video)

Check out the below video to watch the Cambridge Common Writers-hosted book launch for Emily Inouye Huey’s (WFYP, June 2011) debut novel, Beneath the Wide Silk Sky. Sam Sakamoto doesn’t have […]

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.

25 books that highlight the beauty of Indigenous literature


AAPI Picture Book Recommendations from the New York Public Library
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Confronting Cultural Illiteracy: LGBTQ Books 2022

Roxane Gay partnering with Substack to create the Joel Gay Creative Fellowships for emerging writers

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

April 18, 2023

Yosemite Conservancy

May 9, 2023

Sounds True

April 11, 2023

Kallisto Gaia Press

January 29, 2023

Lily Poetry Review

January 10, 2023

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

January 3, 2023

First Second

December 6, 2022

New Issues Poetry and Prose

November 22, 2022

Titan Books