It's that time of year. When everyone is looking back on the year and making lists of their favorites. So, what the hell. I'll make some lists too. This is my list of essays published in 2015 that I consider required reading. It is in no particular order, other than alphabetized. And it should in no way be considered complete and exhaustive. But these 20+ essays stayed with me long after the first time I read them. These are essays I have come back to over and over throughout the year and that I will likely come back to throughout the next year.
Antonio Aiello. "Equity in Publishing: What Should Editors Be Doing?" from PEN America.
Kazim Ali. "An Open Letter to Aimee Nezhukumatathil." from The Rumpus.
E. Kristin Anderson. "To Men Who Use Art As Assault." from Quaint Magazine.
The Apogee Editors. "FROM THE EDITORS: The Politics of 'Blind Submissions' Policies." from Apogee Journal.
Xochitl-Julisa Berkshire. "Submission as Social Action." from Lunch Ticket.
Lorraine Berry. "How the Literary Class System is Impoverishing Literature." from Lit Hub.
Black Lives Matter. "Herstory." from the Black Lives Matter Website.
Angela Chen. "Poet Gregory Pardlo: 'I won the Pulitzer: Why am I invisible?'" from The Guardian.
Beth Duckles. "Two Suicides That Changed My Life." from Narratively.
J. Lester Feder. "This Is What It's Like To Be An LGBT Syrian Fleeing For Your Life." from Buzzfeed.
Elisa Gabbert. "Should White Men Stop Writing? The Blunt Instrument on Publishing and Privilege." from Electric Lit.
Kia Groom. "A Call to Arms: Bite the Hand that Feeds You." from Quaint Magazine.
Jen Hoffer. "If You Hear Something Say Something, Or If You're Not At The Table You're On The Menu." from Entropy.
Mira Jacob. "37 Difficult Questions From My Mixed-Race Son." from Buzzfeed.
Mira Jacob. "I Gave A Speech About Race To The Publishing Industry And No One Heard Me." from Buzzfeed.
Saeed Jones. "Self-Portrait Of The Artist As An Ungrateful Black Writer." from Buzzfeed.
Sarah Kurchak. "I'm Autistic, and Believe Me, It's A Lot Better Than Measles." from Medium.
Peter LaBerge. "Letter to Kate Gale of 'AWP is Us'." from The Adroit Journal.
The Mongrel Coalition Against the Gringpo. "CHECKLIST." from Drunken Boat.
The Mongrel Coalition Against the Gringpo. "THE GOLD STAR AWARDS." from Poetry Magazine.
Morgan Parker. "Tokenism May Cause The Following Side Effects." from Poetry Magazine.
Claudia Rankine. "What's in a Number?" from Medium.
Clint Smith. "The Stories Tamir Rice Makes Us Remember." from The New Yorker.
Rebecca Solnit. "Men Explain Lolita to Me." from Lit Hub.
Rachel Syme. "Pay Women the Money they Need to Make the Culture." from Medium.
Meredith Talusan. "What I Learned From My Neuroatypical Husband." from Buzzfeed.
Yasmin Belkhy. "Open Letter to the Columbia Journal & Columbia University." from Winter Tangerine.
Yasmin Belkhy. "Open Letter to the Literary Community & the Whole Wide World." from Winter Tangerine.
Claire Vaye Watkins. "On Pandering."from Tin House
xTx. "Obligatory End of Year Blog Post That's Pretty Weak But Oh Well So Am I." from Nothing to Say.
Jenny Zhang. "They Pretend To Be Us While Pretending We Don't Exist." from Buzzfeed.
* UPDATE: Through 12/31/15, I continued to update this list, adding new essays and articles as they are published and as I find them. As such, some of these have publication dates after the date this list was posted.