What are Bipoc authors?

So it’s important that we place Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) authors front and center to give them the recognition they deserve. Own Voices titles feature a BIPOC character written by an author of that same background.

What are Bipoc writers?

In the North American genre fiction and publishing context, the phrase BIPOC* is used to acknowledge that Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Asian groups may share a similar relationship to an industry focused almost entirely on white authors.

What Bipoc means?

DEFINITION. BIPOC stands for Black, Indigenous, and people of color. Pronounced “bye-pock,” this is a term specific to the United States, intended to center the experiences of Black and Indigenous groups and demonstrate solidarity between communities of color.

What is Bipoc literature?

Read BIPOC: A list of books by Black, Indigenous and/or People of Color Writers.

How do you read a Bipoc?

BIPOC is pronounced “buy pock” (“pock” as in “pocket”). You don’t pronounce each letter separately, so you wouldn’t say “B-I-P-O-C.”

What is an own voices novel?

#OwnVoices is a term that was coined by YA author, Corinne Duyvis. The term refers to books about characters from underrepresented/marginalized groups in which the author shares the same identity. The writing is inspired by the author’s own experiences and written from their own perspective.

How do authors support Bipoc?

If you can support BIPOC authors by buying their books, do it. You can request their books at your local library or bookstore to get more people interested in them. If you know about an upcoming release you can also pre-order it.

How can I read more diversely?


What is a minority author?

While a number of definitions such as “people of color” or “BAME” (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) have come under criticism for their generalizations, for the purposes of this piece, minority authors in the literary field refers broadly to anyone who is non-Caucasian and/or non-cis gendered male.

What is a Bame author?

Ah, BAME – this acronym, which means black, asian and minority ethnic, joins many other appellations offered over the decades (not all of them very nice), painstakingly attempts to address the complexities of a multicultural society.

What is Black writing?

One as an author does not write to a limited audience or to a given era, one writes because what he writes of has to be written to a whole worldwide audience that will hopefully advance to the next generation.

Who is a Black author?

Maya Angelou – Influenced by Black authors like Langston Hughes, W.E.B. Du Bois and Paul Lawrence Dunbar, her love of language developed at a young age. Her most famous work I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings was published in 1969 and became the first in seven autobiographies of Angelou’s life.

Why you should read Black authors?

Books written by Black people are more likely to avoid stereotypes, biases and less likely to exoticize Black bodies. Books by Black authors depict Black people with everyday experiences.

What percentage of authors are Black?

Representing 6.16% of Writers & authors, Black (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Writers & authors.

What is a minority literature?

The term was proposed by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari who defined minor/minority literature as literature that a minority constructed within a major language (and not literature written in a minor language).

Who is underrepresented in literature?

  • Non-white characters (such as Native Americans)
  • Religions other than Christianity.
  • People from low economic classes.
  • LGBTQ characters.
  • Disabled characters.

Which author explored the topic of slavery in their writing?

Frederick Douglass (c. 1818–1895) first came to public attention in the North as an orator for abolition and as the author of a moving slave narrative.

How do you write a minority character?

  1. Describe your characters equitably.
  2. Avoid stereotypes.
  3. Utilize your network.
  4. Assume just stating a character’s race will tell your reader everything there is to know about them.
  5. Make ethnicity your character’s biggest attribute.

How do you write characters of different races?

  1. Be aware of stereotypes.
  2. Do serious research.
  3. Don’t write off “minor” characters.
  4. When in doubt, write from a place of shared understanding.
  5. Seek feedback from beta readers.
  6. Every Reader’s Opinion Has Value.

Is Toni Morrison dead or alive?

Morrison died at Montefiore Medical Center in The Bronx, New York City, on August 5, 2019, from complications of pneumonia. She was 88 years old.

What is a sapphic book?

Sapphic includes lesbians, bisexual women, and nonbinary people who align with the term. Therefore, all lesbian books are sapphic, as are all WLW books. They can be of any genre and don’t have to include an F/F romance.


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