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Writers on writing: Audre Lorde

Writing Insight from Audre Lorde

I create most of the content on our book's Instagram account, Be a Better Writer. It's a fun departure from the kind of content I'm usually working on and it's fun.

For Black History Month, I'm focusing on African-American writers. Some are part of the canon, others aren't as well known as they should be. Yesterday, I chose Audre Lorde. She wrote in many genres, but a particular poem, Coal, struck me. I especially love this verse on words:

Lines from Audre Lorde's Coal on The Word Factory blog

It resonated with me for the sharp descriptions -- her own use of words to write about words! -- and because I could relate to the feelings. I hope you get some inspiration or joy from it, too.

I invite you to follow @beabetterwriter, and share it with the young writers and English/writing teachers in your life. Thanks!

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