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Publication News & Announcements- 7/16/21

Julie Cyr (Poetry, January 2017) has a poem “Me, Suckling” in the new issue of The Ekphrastic Review. Pam Petro (Nonfiction, MFA faculty) is interviewed in Nothing in the Rulebook […]

Submission and Workshop Opportunities for BIPOC Writers (July/August 2021 Deadlines)

Listed below are several opportunities for submissions, residence programs, workshops, and awards for BIPOC writers. If you think you or someone you know may be eligible, please check out the […]

Publication News & Announcements — 7/2/21

Enzo Surin Silon’s (Poetry, 2012) collection from Black Lawrence Press, When My Body Was A Clinched Fist, has been longlisted for the 21st Annual Massachusetts Book Awards in the Poetry […]

Pride Month – Aqueela C. Britt

We at Cambridge Common Writers love to celebrate the diversity of our community, which is why we’re thrilled to be continuing our Spotlight series for Pride Month! Come and get […]

Pride Month – Sara Farizan

We at Cambridge Common Writers love to celebrate the diversity of our community, which is why we’re thrilled to be continuing our Spotlight series for Pride Month! Come and get […]

Cambridge Common Writers Alumni Reading – June 2021 (Video)

We at Cambridge Common Writers are pleased to welcome you to view the recording of our latest Alumni Reading at the Lesley MFA in Creative Writing program’s June residency. Featured […]

Pride Month – Tyler Dean Kempf

We at Cambridge Common Writers love to celebrate the diversity of our community, which is why we’re thrilled to be continuing our Spotlight series for Pride Month! Come and get […]


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.

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

18 Books To Celebrate Juneteenth With

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

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

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)

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

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

An often intriguing and emotional look at lives on and off the road. — Kirkus Review

May 31, 2021

TouchPoint Press

KB Ballentine’s pages draw the reader into her retrospective of life, and Edge of the Echo will hang in the gallery of our minds where images turn into pictures that have developed over a lifetime. — Margaret Britton Vaughn

May 7, 2021

Iris Press

Crossing continents, cultures, and history, this story of one woman’s ordeal and renewal is filled with hope and generosity. The same can be said of Blue Desert, an exquisite, expansive, and transporting novel. — Hester Kaplan, author of The Tell

April 20, 2021

Rootstock Publishing