A Headdress Where It Doesn’t Belong

Before I can begin this article on cultural appropriation, take the headdress off or stop with whatever the Indigenous fad is you have just decided to bastardize. Our identity isn’t decorative and no, you don’t get to cherry pick who we are to assist in the latest club fashion accessory. Donning any piece of Indigenous Identity without understanding which Indigenous...

Cultural Appropriation: Tomorrow’s Introduction & Today’s Confession

A Headdress Where It Doesn’t Belong, is a direct, unflinching look at the harm caused by cultural appropriation. It confronts with truths some may find hard to hear, but cultural appropriation is a crucial topic of discussion in the art world. Any person considering crossing cultural lines in their writing needs to read that article. This is part introduction, part...

Do #OwnVoices, ‘Write Your Truth’ and Concerns About Cultural Appropriation Mean Writers are Limited to Writing What They Know?

Write what you know. Write your truth. Avoid cultural appropriation. With editors and agents seeking #OwnVoices manuscripts, do these common exhortations combine as part of a publishing doctrine that limits everyone to sticking in their own lane and writing based solely on their identity and experience? In order to effectively evaluate these tips they must be clarified. These terms are...

Some Places To Be

Rebecca Salazar interviews Alicia Elliott (A Mind Spread Out On The Ground) for The Adroit Journal, and does a masterful job of reflecting Alicia’s personality and showcasing her amazing debut, which has been #1 on the Canadian nonfiction bestseller charts for two weeks in a row. “I’ve noticed that often the most marginalized and oppressed groups of people are also...

The Life-Changing Impact of Seeing Yourself in Fiction: Representation for Muslims

by Amra Pajalic For so long publishing has lacked diverse voices; the difference is that now people are noticing when prize lists include only white and middle class authors and don’t list any people of colour or authors from ethnic backgrounds. Some of the factors that contribute to this lack of diversity are the homogenisation of the publishing industry itself....