Write Like Us

Write Like Us

Write Like Us is an equity-based creative writing program at five Twin Cities metro-area community colleges: Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Century College, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Normandale Community College, and North Hennepin Community College. Write Like Us centers and celebrates the work of BIPOC writers and writing students, fostering literary mentorship and leadership as it builds a platform for shared stories, voices, and lived experiences.

Last year, Write Like Us hosted ten writers in residence. Five of those residencies featured nationally prominent BIPOC authors, one each at five participating campuses. The other five residencies featured local BIPOC author-mentors who worked throughout the year with BIPOC mentees—students at each of our campuses. Write Like Us hopes to increase BIPOC recruitment, retention, and representation in our Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) and creative writing certificate programs—programs with high rates of persistence, graduation, and transfer.

Scholarship Mentees

Write Like Us seeks students with an interest in creative writing who identify as black, indigenous, or persons of color for eight mentee scholarships. 

The selected mentees will work with BIPOC Twin Cities authors in mentorships throughout the 2022-2023 academic year. Working with Write Like Us mentors, mentees will immerse themselves in the local literary community, networking with other writers, getting candid academic and career advice, receiving feedback on their creative work, showcasing that creative work, and attending special private events with acclaimed visiting authors in March and April 2023.

  • Nationally prominent BIPOC authors will appear for public readings and on-stage interviews in March and April 2022, as well as at non-public events for current students, prospective students from area high schools, and Write Like Us mentees.

    Postponed event from April 2022

    Kiese Laymon
    Thursday, September 29th at 6:30 p.m.
    North Hennepin Community College.
    Registration for in-person event
    Registration for live-streaming event 

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    LM Brimmer

    LM Brimmer is an artist & educator living on Dakota land in Minneapolis, MN. Co-editor of the anthology Queer Voices: Poetry, Prose and Pride (MNHS Press 2019), their essays and poetry have appeared in The Alliance of Adoption Studies and Culture Journal, The Public Art Review, La Raza Comíca, Impossible Archetype, Gasher Journal, The B'K', Quarterly West, Voicemail Poems  and elsewhere. They attend the low-residency MFA program at Randolph College.

    Michael Kleber-Diggs

    Michael Kleber-Diggs

    Michael Kleber-Diggs (KLEE-burr digs) (he / him / his) is a poet, essayist, literary critic, and arts educator. His debut poetry collection, Worldly Things (Milkweed Editions 2021), won the Max Ritvo Poetry Prize, the 2022 Hefner Heitz Kansas Book Award in Poetry, the 2022 Balcones Poetry Prize, and was a finalist for the 2022 Minnesota Book Award. His poems and essays appear in numerous journals and anthologies. Michael is married to Karen Kleber-Diggs, a tropical horticulturist and orchid specialist. Karen and Michael have a daughter who is pursuing a BFA in Dance Performance at SUNY Purchase.

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    Nicola is a Malaysian Eurasian 15 years in the American Midwest, a Protestant Seminary trained atheist, and a minor god in Tetris. They are a Twin Cities based freelance editor and teacher, most recently as a Loft Teaching Artist and an instructor at Hamline University. They received their MFA from Hamline and were a fellow for the 2018 VONA/Voices Workshop and the 2019-2020 Loft Mentor Series. Their stories, essays, and poetry have appeared in places like Southwest Review, Crab Orchard Review, and Brown Orient, and is forthcoming in Margins. In their free time they undertake a menagerie of projects, take too many pictures of their animals, and craft puns. See nicolakoh.com for more.

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    Taiwana Shambley

    Taiwana Shambley (she/her) is a fiction writer, story organizer, and student & practitioner of Black Radical Tradition from Saint Paul, Minnesota. A firm believer in the premise that young people wield radical imaginations, Taiwana co-founded and launched End Youth Prisons MN in 2022, a youth-led, abolitionist campaign to end the state’s youth carceral system through a focus on shifting public narrative and applying radical theories. She’s an MFA student in Fiction at Warren Wilson College, graduating from Augsburg University with a B.A. in English and African American Studies in 2021. She’s a proud alumni of the Hip Hop organization TruArtSpeaks. Taiwana’s family has roots in Texarkana and St. Louis and her ancestors are indigenous to Nigeria, Cameroon, and Congo. Nowadays you might find her camping out in bookstores and coffee shops in her home of South Minneapolis. http://taiwanashambley.com 


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  • More information coming soon!

  • The inaugural year of Write Like Us is funded by a $150,000 Minnesota State Multi-Campus Collaboration grant in support of Minnesota State’s Equity 2030 goals. Minnesota State is a consortium of thirty state colleges and seven universities in Minnesota. Equity 2030 aims to close the educational equity gaps across race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and geographic location by the end of the decade at every Minnesota State college and university.

    All Write Like Us activities follow Minnesota State guidance and mandates regarding COVID-19 protocol.

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