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About the DPWC

We are the Diasporic Peoples Writing Collective (DPWC), a student organization at San Jose State University (SJSU). The collective started with a handful of Creative Writing MFAs who developed community through their shared experiences as students and literary artists. Today we’re a much larger project that’s powered by student, alum, academic, and ally activists that are helping to build-out a platform for BIPOC+underrepresented literary artists. … Continue reading About the DPWC

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Book Club

‘Want to read with us? First, join Bookclubz, the platform that hosts our book club. It’s easy! Create your profile there and become a Diasporic Peoples Writing Collective (DPWC) book club member via this link: We’re reading the following book right now. So, read along with us and meet us on Zoom for the discussion. Mar 06, 2021 06:00 PM – 07:30 PM – … Continue reading Book Club


Interview with author and scholar of Iranian Diaspora studies, Persis Karim. Read what Karim says about community and her creative work with the Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition. Learn how she relates diaspora to planting seeds. Interview with author, activist, and cosmopolite, Faith Adiele. Read about what Adiele says about the craft of writing and weathering the pandemic. Learn why she calls artists first responders. Continue reading Blog

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The collective is working on a few projects and initiatives: Blog content and book reviews (writer+editor+strategist) Author interviews with a byline (writer+scheduler+journalist) Videos and photography (producer, script writer, videographer+editor and readers/voice talent) Social Media (brand strategist+book signings and giveaways) Social Media Management (PM+copywriter+curator Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, WordPress) Administration (COO+relationship builder and manager) Finance (grant writer+account manager) WordPress (UX specialist) Want to get involved with something … Continue reading Initiatives

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‘Need an invite to join a Diasporic Peoples Writing Collective (DPWC) event? Contact us for info. and access. COVID-19 Update: DPWC’s monthly meet-ups are online until further notice. We once held our monthly meet-ups at SJSU in Washington Square Hall, room 218. However, COVID-19 pushed us online and now our meet-ups follow this format… We join-in on Zoom. You introduce yourself (e.g., I’m so-in-so. I’ve … Continue reading Calendar

The Poetry of Daniel B. Summerhill

This is a teaser of the wonderful art and artists you’ll see showcased at San Jose State University’s virtual “Legacy of Poetry” festival this month. The festival is themed Sheltering in Technolog(ies). More info is forthcoming and will be posted to our calendar, but definitely tune in, April 17, when the work of our DPWC member-poets will be featured beside our gracious and illustrious invitees, … Continue reading The Poetry of Daniel B. Summerhill

Professional Development Workshop

Presented by Lyzette Wanzer, Bay Area writer & SF Writers Grotto member Join us for this free virtual weekend workshop: Saturday, Feb. 27, 10AM-4PM and Sunday, Feb. 28, 10AM-2PM. Hurry! Registration closes Wednesday, Feb. 24. This workshop has been designed to empower creative writers of all genres with the practical skills needed to establish a sustainable literary career. The workshop will cover: Harnessing professional free and low-cost … Continue reading Professional Development Workshop

DPWC Allies with Center for Literary Arts (CLA) on its Book Club and Author Events

DPWC allies with Center for Literary Arts (CLA) on its Book Club and Author Events. We invite you to visit the CLA Book Club page on Goodreads, click the “join” button on their page, read along, and participate in their virtual discussions when they are scheduled. Also, view videos, and invite friends. Follow CLA’s Instagram, Facebook, and/or Twitter for updates. CLA Book Club meet-ups and events … Continue reading DPWC Allies with Center for Literary Arts (CLA) on its Book Club and Author Events

Seeds in the palm of a hand

Interview With Author, Persis Karim

Writing and the Importance of Community Living to Make Every Day Count This May, I interviewed Persis Karim, Ph.D., over Zoom. While our conversation meandered through coffee and the struggles of living through COVID-19, somehow, we came back to her life as a poet and author. Karim is a professor in the Department of Comparative Literature at San Francisco State University (SFSU). She is also … Continue reading Interview With Author, Persis Karim

Adiele with VONA Students: Featured Image

Interview With Author, Faith Adiele

Artists as First Responders It’s 2020, a year I’d thought might bring clarity, but April showers have fallen beneath clouds cast by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is wet outside and we’re supposed to be inside. At least, that’s what our state officials have directed us to do: shelter-in-place. The phrase is unsettling even as it tries to side-step saying, stay-at-home. Perhaps there is no language … Continue reading Interview With Author, Faith Adiele