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Sexual misconduct claims against Junot Diaz have sparked support for Latina writers. Here’s who you should be reading now

On Friday, sexual harassment allegations against author Junot Diaz emerged after Zinzi Clemmons, author of “What We Lose,” claimed Diaz forcibly kissed her when she was in graduate school. Other writers responded with allegations of verbal abuse, including authors Monica Byrne, Carmen Maria Machado and Sinéad Gleeson.

In a statement to the New York Times provided by Diaz’ literary agent, the author said he took “responsibility for his past” and that the was “listening to and learning from women’s stories … We must continue to teach all men about consent and boundaries.”

As the news of the allegations spread, Monica Castillo, a writer for Washington Post’s “The Lily,” a site for millennial women, suggested on Twitter that one way to deal with the news would be to “signal boost” Latina authors. The thread quickly grew popular as followers recommend dozens of poetry, fiction and more pieces written by Latina writers.

“I wanted to focus on something positive out of all this mess,” Castillo told the PBS NewsHour on Friday. “Women were hurt, and to an extent, a lot of Latinx folks who looked up to him were also hurt. He’s the token that made it, but why can’t we celebrate more than one author? Especially a Latina.”

Castillo added that her goal was to spark a conversation about diversity in publishing and that doesn’t erase the stories being shared by women with allegations against Diaz.

“If women in general are underrepresented in publishing, then women of color are certainly more so,” she said. “Latina writers are out there, we just don’t get the same spotlight and support as headliners do.”

The thread comes at a time where the literary industry is facing increasing critiques for a lack of diversity. White, male authors have dominated literature for centuries in academia and in the mainstream. And in doing so they have devalued work by people of color, author Viet Thanh Nguyen wrote recently for the Washington Post.

“We must read Shakespeare and authors who are women, Arab, Muslim, queer. Most of the world is neither white nor European, and the United States may be a majority-minority country by mid-century,” Nguyen wrote.

Following Castillo’s tweet Friday, people shared dozens of works from Latina writers. Here are some recommendations from the list:

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