April 5, 2013

“The future of reading and writing,” a page-length article on the future of reading and writing [Style, April 1], marginalized the large community of writers of color living in the Washington area.

In a city that has an African American woman as the poet laureate at the Library of Congress, that is home to a Mac­Arthur Award-winning Ethiopian writer and that boasts a vibrant community of Asian, Middle Eastern and Hispanic journalists, bloggers, poets and writers, The Post’s decision to invite only one black writer and no others of color to the conversation is inexplicable.

While I respect the professionals who offered their views, the article offered little that was new. It excluded intriguing questions about the future of reading and writing, such as, where will the new readers come from? In a city such as Washington, with poetry slams seemingly on every corner, what are young people thinking and doing about the future of reading and writing? And what is the meaning of reading and writing as we move into a new epoch?

The next time The Post chooses to present a roundup of viewpoints, I hope it will approach the topic more broadly and boldly and that invitations will be sent to more than the usual suspects.   

Marita Golden, Mitchellville