Bibliography: Writing The Other in Creative Writing Workshops


Representations & Critique

  • Anzaldua, Gloria, ed. Making Face, Making Soul: Haciendo Caras, (first section especially helps to contextualize unconscious racism).
  • Galang, Evelina. Screaming Monkey’s:  Critiques of Asian American Images.
  • Hernández, Daisy and ‪Bushrá Raḥmān, ed. Colonize This!: Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism.
  • Hooks, Bell. Yearning: Race, Gender and Cultural Politics.
  • Minh-ha, Trinh T., Woman, Native, Other, chapter “Difference: ‘A Special Third World Women Issue’”.
  • Minh-ha, Trinh T., When the Moon Waxes Red: Representation, Gender and Cultural Politics.
  • Moraga, Cherríe and Gloria E. Anzaldúa, ed. This Bridge Called My Back:  Writings by Radical Women of Color.
  • Morrison, Toni. Playing In the Dark–whiteness and the Literary Imagination.
  • Mura, David. Reading and Writing Race, also quotations from Writing on Race Workshop.
  • Mura, David.  Asian Americans and The Front and Back of the Bus, forthcoming
  • Said, Edward. Orientalism.
  • Thandeka. Learning to be white:  Money, Race, and God in America.

Specific to Academia

  • Gutierrez y Muhs, Gabriella and Yolanda Flores Niemann, Carmen G. Gonzalez, Angela P. Harris, ed. Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia.
  • McIntosh, Peggy white Privilege:  Unpacking the Invisible Backpack. Accessed at
  • Razack, Sherene, Looking white People in the Eye:  Race, Gender and Culture in Courtrooms and Classrooms.

Essays & Articles

Writing Craft

Blogs & Online Discussions


  • Painter, Nell Irvin. The History of white People.



  • Polido, Laura. Black, Brown, Yellow, and Left: Radical Activism in Los Angeles.


  • Kennedy, Adrienne. People that Led to My Plays.

***compiler’s note:  thank you to the many who have contributed to this bibliography.  I apologize for not naming you – it is solely because the truth is a dangerous thing, and you have spoken truth to power.  The bibliography is available at my website:


ask me to tell how it feels

remembering your mother’s face

turned to water under the white words

of the man at the shoe store. ask me,

though she tells it better than i do,

not because of her charm

but because it never happened

she says,

no bully salesman swaggering,

no rage, no shame, none of it

ever happened.

i only remember buying you

your first grown up shoes

she smiles. ask me

how it feels.

Lucille Clifton


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