ABOUT

THE WORD

Welcome to

THE WORD | A STORYTELLING SANCTUARY

A non-profit organization working to build a publishing community that will fight for inclusivity.

OUR MISSION:

To promote voices from underserved communities and diverse backgrounds, to honor the stories of those who have faced adversity and injustice, and to provide a sanctuary space where these groups will see themselves in literature.

OUR GOALS:

1.

Partner within the book publishing industry & with community-focused groups to promote a diverse publishing industry that understands and addresses the recruiting, retention and training hurdles that limit the participation of underrepresented groups in publishing.

2.

Spotlight authors from underrepresented communities & rally for books in which diverse experiences are seen, through a physical bookstore with a collection that reflects diverse backgrounds and by connecting authors from underrepresented groups with knowledge and expertise on book publishing.

3.

Connect diverse communities with the publishing industry, by organizing resources and programming that let future industry members from diverse backgrounds navigate among publishing industry roles and find their paths within the industry.

We promote the inclusive representation of experiences in literature, including a diversity of experiences based on:

racial, cultural, ethnic, or religious identity; gender identity; sexual orientation; physical, cognitive, or emotional disability; socioeconomic adversity; and personal experiences of adversity or injustice.

*We recognize that personal experiences of adversity occur in many forms and we believe that the impact of each must be respected. To guide the use of our resources, we focus on experiences that lack representation in literature, based on our best knowledge and research.

OUR SUPPORTERS:

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TSUNDOKU PATRONS

(*tsundoku: Japanese. Comes from the words “tsunde” (tr. “to stack things”), “oku” (tr. “to leave

for a while”) and “doku” (tr. “to read”). Captures the lighter side of compulsive book shopping. –

Hungton Post)

BIBLIOSMIA BENEFACTORS

(*bibliosmia: n. e smell and aroma of old or good books. Etymology unknown, but a feeling universally known by booklovers.)

LITERARARIAN LEADERS

(*literararian: n. rare. An educated or lettered person; one engaged in literary pursuits. Use reserved for those truly in-the-literary-know.)

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LECTORY SUPPORTERS

(*lectory: n. 14th century. 

“Reading place.” Connotation: 

somewhere where you and your books can be left alone in peace. – Waterstone’s blog)

BIBLIOPHILE ADVOCATES

(*bibliophile: n. Lover of books and learning. Preferred terminology of fancy bookworms.)

BOOKISH FRIENDS

(*bookish: adj. slang. A person who has a tendency to love all things book. Popularized by cozy Sunday reading.)

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© 2020 The Word, A Storytelling Sanctuary, Inc.

757 E 20th Ave. Ste. 370-335, Denver, CO 80205

A 501(c)(3)

Non-Profit Public Charity Organization 

Donations made to The Word are tax deductible

as permitted by law.

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