Citizen, by Claudia Rankine, combines poetry, essay, and visual images into a gut-wrenching treatment of racism as it is experienced in everyday micro-aggressions. The Diversity Common Reader committee seeks creative works and essays exploring the concept of "the American citizen," citizenship, race, micro-aggression and/or other topics that reflect the complex issues presented in this reading. Submissions are accepted in two categories: Essay (argument, personal essay, etc.) and Creative (short fiction, poetry, etc.). The winner of each will receive $50; one honorable mention will receive $35. All three will be invited to read from their winning piece at the Celebration of Student Research on April 13.
The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2017. Submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.