Roots. Wounds. Words. Inc.

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(718) 938-9937
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
ROOTS. WOUNDS. WORDS.: A LITERARY ARTS REVOLUTION’S MISSION IS TO BRING THE TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF LITERARY ARTS TO MARGINALIZED STORYTELLERS who are Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Brown, and of Color, as well as storytellers who identify as LGBTQIA+, formerly-incarcerated, justice-involved, poverty-born, and/or differently-abled. Through visionary educational workshops, performance showcases, publication opportunities, and an annual storyteller retreat, Roots. Wounds. Words. Inc. centers and celebrates the storytelling traditions of marginalized writers. Roots. Wounds. Words. Inc. seeks to propel our storytellers into the larger literary community, ultimately diversifying canon and what is currently a non-inclusive arts industry.

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Primary Editor/Contact Person
Nicole Shawan Junior
Contact Title
Executive Director
Submissions Policy
Roots. Wounds. Words. currently accepts creative nonfiction submissions from BIPOC storytellers who have participated in our educational programming. These submissions are solely for our annual anthology. In the future (for our monthly digital journal), we will accept fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and hybrid submissions from BIPOC storytellers, including those who have never participated in our programming.
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