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Project seeks writings by Oklahomans of color

Oklahoma writers are sought for a book project. Organizers are looking for works from writers who are black, American Indian, Asian, Hispanic and others ethnic groups.
BY ROBERT MEDLEY Published: March 24, 2013

The book will be published by Mongrel Empire Press based in Norman, a book company owned by Jeanetta Calhoun Mish. Mish is the director of the Red Earth master of fine arts in creative writing at Oklahoma City University, a program at OCU started by the late Elaine Smokewood.

Mish, who is from Wewoka, said the project is important to Oklahoma history, and she hopes to publish historical writings also.

“Oklahoma has a long history of people of color. When we hear the story of Oklahoma, a lot of times people of color are not really there in it, but there is so much diversity,” Mish said.

Writings about all aspects of life in Oklahoma — including politics, history, culture and the land — will be included. All topics and genres are welcome.

Lansana said, “We're looking for essays, interviews, short fiction, poetry and personal reflections for publication that explore life in Oklahoma as well as the state's rich history.”

The deadline for consideration is Aug. 1, and the book should be printed in a year, Mish said.