I am deeply inspired by the Writers of Color Alliance (WOCA) comprised of Seattle area writers Anastacia-Renee, Claudia Castro Luna, Dujie Tahat, Shankar Narayan, and Harold Taw. True confessions: I have been in awe of Claudia Castro Luna since hearing her keynote talk at the Chuckanut Writers Conference in 2018.
Last weekend I went down an internet rabbit hole, learning about WOCA and their efforts to create systemic change at Hugo House. More than a few things come to mind. Here’s three:
Weathering the invisibility of one’s contributions is exhausting.
By necessity, change is messy.
Perfectionism rooted in whiteness prefers an appearance of orderliness that disregards the first two listed above.