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The Agony and the Ecstasy: Race and the Future of the Love Story Part 2 (ENCORE)

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PART 2….In 2019 a well known romance writer began tweeting about other writers in her community and concerns about racism. It led to a huge reckoning within an organization called the Romance Writers of America, which is still unfolding. And although the online debate seemed to be isolated to a specific community of romance writers and their fans, it was really a microcosm of what’s been happening all over the US. We learn all about romance novels and how newer writers are changing the norms of the genre, and giving it a political power it’s never had before. And, we talk about what it means for organizations to change as they grapple with questions of race, including organizations such as ours, at Making Contact.

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  • Jayashree Kamble, Professor of English Literature at La Guardia Community College
  • Contance Grady, Senior Culture Reporter for Vox
  • Shana McDavis-Conway, Co-Director for the Center for Story-Based Strategy and Staff Reviewer for Smart Bitches, Trashy Book
  • CJ Broderick, The Equity Project
  • Jessica Partnow, Interim Executive Director of Making Contact


Making Contact Staff:

  • Host: Salima Hamirani
  • Producers: Anita Johnson, Salima Hamirani
  • Executive Director: Jessica Partnow
  • Staff Producers: Anita Johnson, Salima Hamirani

Music Credit:

  • Frequency Decree – Cenote
  • Broke for Free– Washout
  • Frequency Decree – Lithosphere
  • Blue Dot Sessions – Boston Landing

Recommended Reading List in Romance

Author: Radio Project

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