Performance and Video Production feat. Together in a Joint

The Diasporic Peoples Writing Collective (DPWC) premiered a film for San Jose State University’s virtual “Legacy of Poetry” festival on April 17, 2021. The festival was themed Closing the Distance: Sheltering in Technolog(ies), and in it were some of our very own DPWC member-poets featured beside veterans like Daniel B. Summerhill, Tureeda Mikell, Vernon Keeve III, MK Chavez, and Keenan Norris. It was a joint … Continue reading Performance and Video Production feat. Together in a Joint

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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

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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

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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. It’s a platform that hosts our book club. It’s easy! Create a profile there and then become a Diasporic Peoples Writing Collective (DPWC) book club member via this link: https://bookclubz.com/clubs/24994/join/dddd92/ We’re reading the following book right now. Please read along with us and meet us on Zoom for the discussion. September 13, 2021 6:00 PM – 7:00 … Continue reading Book Club

Blog

Check out DPWC’s roster of roundtable guests for the 2021-22 school year: Tureeda Mikell, Daniel B. Summerhill, Vernon Keeve III, Blackbook and its founding team, MK Chavez, and Keenan Norris. Legacy of Poetry, 2021, was themed, Closing the Distance: Sheltering in Technolog(ies). See our talented member-poets featured with: Daniel B. Summerhill, Tureeda Mikell, Vernon Keeve III, MK Chavez, and Keenan Norris. Interview with author and … Continue reading Blog

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Initiatives

The collective is working on a few projects and initiatives (and we need folks): 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 … Continue reading Initiatives

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Calendar

‘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