You Can’t Always See Diversity

You Can’t Always See Diversity

A couple of weeks ago, I was in Austin, TX at YALSA’s YA Lit Symposium. It was so much fun. We had some amazing discussions, and I went away with a lot of resources and a lot on my mind. One of the best panels we went to was called “Whose Reality Gets Written?” The panel was meant to focus on what’s actually being written; which stories are overrepresented, which are underrepresented. I felt like we barely got into the discussion. I could have stayed in that session for another hour with no problem, especially if it were a little more open to responses from the audience. I, like most others, did some conference multitasking by listening and scanning the hashtag feed at the same time. A few comments and reactions to the panel floored me.