WRITING ONE’S WAY TO EMPATHY AND UNDERSTANDING
When “diversity” becomes a political catchword, it’s easy to lose sight of whose stories matter and why. As a literary genre, the memoir is an exceptionally powerful tool for presenting new points of view and perspectives, and for ensuring that diversity isn’t a flat prospect, but a vibrant tapestry of individual threads and textures. A good memoir can’t be didactic or overly prescriptive. Its truths have to be organic, arising from the transformative act of writing, born of honesty, empathy, and a genuine desire to understand one’s self and experiences. Each memoir here achieves this freshness of perspective. Each voice is unique and authentic, and enlarges the world as we know it.