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: 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 […]

Publication News & Announcements: October 2022

Thato Mwosa (WSS, June 2017) has a new short film Something To Tell You, that she has been making in collaboration with Girls Inc., an organization that focuses on the […]

Celebrate Your Writing Your Own Way: A Conversation with Nathan Tavares

With forthcoming novels in both 2022 and 2023, alum Nathan Tavares has learned to separate the art of writing from the business of publishing. He speaks with fellow fiction alum Julia […]

Publication News & Announcements: September 2022

Lesley has a new lit mag, The Tonic, to be released in early 2023! The first issue will be guest-edited by A.J. Verdelle. Submissions are now open until November, details […]

‘Blowin’ My Mind Like a Summer Breeze’ Book Launch with Benjamin Roesch (Video)

Check out the below video to watch the Cambridge Common Writers-hosted book launch for Benjamin Roesch’s (Fiction, January 2016) debut novel, Blowin’ My Mind Like a Summer Breeze. Fifteen-year-old Rainey Cobb […]

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
[Alum Featured!]

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 11, 2023

Kallisto Gaia Press

January 10, 2023

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

December 6, 2022

New Issues Poetry and Prose

November 22, 2022

Titan Books

october 18, 2022

Scholastic Press

October 4, 2022

Balzer + Bray

July 22, 2022

Deep Hearts YA

June 7, 2022

Gemma Open Door