Wednesday, February 13, 2008


I just discovered ringShout a cool new blog that is a breath of fresh air. Started by black writers "of some seriousness and ambition," the site says:

"RingShout was founded following Martha Southgate's essay "Writers Like Me" in the New York Times Book Review in July of 2007. The response in the blogosphere and in the literary world was enormous. So Martha wanted to harness this energy. She contacted Cornelius Eady and Alison Meyers of Cave Canem , a group she greatly admired, for insight into how they had formed their organization. The next step was contacting several writers, editors and a bookseller (Sarah McNally of McNally Robinson Books who participated in our first couple of meetings) who she knew and respected. The five got together over a period of six months and brainstormed until they had come up with a way to form a book list and a tool kit that would help carry out the group's mission. We kicked off with a party to drum up support and volunteers on February 1, 2008. At the present time, we remain an all-volunteer effort that is unaffiliated with any larger organization."

Writers (black, white, Latino, Asian, Indian, everybody!) please check it out. The most recent post is about a desire for "our books to be for everyone--Barack style."


Lisa said...

Thanks for finding Ringshout for us. I've just added them to my blogroll too and coincidentally, was working on a short piece (maybe to send in for my Colorado Voices application) on Black History Month and when Black History will feel like our history -- Obama Style too, I think.

Holly Kennedy said...

My apologies for taking so long to slip over to your blog and take a look around, Carleen. I'm behind in blogging and barely managing to keep my nose about the water line with my kids and my own writing deadlines these days.

However, that said, I'm really looking forward to reading Orange Mint and Honey. It sounds like a wonderful read and is already stirring up loads of buzz.

Congrats from a fellow author wayyyy north of the border :)

Lafreya said...

Thank you, Thank you for this information

Carleen Brice said...

Lisa and Lafreya, You're most welcome! Delighted to share!

Holly, thanks for stopping by! I've added you to my blog roll.