About Us

Rich in Color is dedicated to reading, reviewing, talking about, and otherwise promoting young adult fiction starring or written by people of color or people from First/Native Nations. We believe that teens (and adults!) should be able to find themselves in the kinds of books they love to read. At Rich in Color, we want to showcase a wide variety of multicultural books so that kids will be able to see themselves as more than just the sassy best friend, the very special lesson, or the extra in the background.

The discrepancy between books that feature or are written by people of color or people from First/Native Nations and the actual composition of the U.S. population is a concern for us. We think it’s important to support these books/authors, and one way we can do that is to talk about them.

If you know of any books that are coming out that are not already on our release calendar, let us know in the comments of our latest post or at our Tumblr or Twitter accounts. Yes, even if you’re the author, agent, or publisher–don’t be shy! We are also on Goodreads, so friend us and recommend some books!

If you’d like to send review copies or involve us in marketing activities (e.g. cover reveals, interviews, giveaways), please review our Promotion page and contact Audrey.

THE BLOGGERS
Audrey is an editor and copywriter with experience in marketing, social media, and product support. She is passionate about promoting racial diversity in the stories she reads and writes. Audrey is also opinionated about female characters, saving-the-world to when-will-he-kiss-me page count ratios, wrist grabs in Korean dramas, villainous motivations, and sushi. Her favorite YA genres are fantasy, science-fiction, dystopian/post-apocalyptic, and occasionally horror.

She can be reached through Tumblr, on Twitter, or at her personal website. You can also email her directly.

Crystal has been an elementary school teacher for about twenty years. The past seven of those years, she has been lucky enough to teach in the library. Lucky that is, because she has been an avid reader since early childhood. The only downside is that while she loves teaching elementary students, her preferred reading choice is young adult. During grad school, her favorite two courses were Young Adult Lit and Multicultural Lit.

When not reading, she may be found knitting, running, blogging or hanging out with her family. You may find her on Twitter, Goodreads, and her blog Reading Through Life. You can also email her directly.

Jessica dreams of spending her free time reading lovely slice-of-life books in a botanical garden. She has at times written puns for money and practices her Gollum voice whenever. When not asleep, she can be found on twitter or goodreads. You can also email her directly.

K. Imani Tennyson calls herself a teacher/writer and writer/teacher because her two professional selves often overlap. An English/Language Arts teacher for 10 years, 8 of them in a middle school, K. Imani also holds an MFA in Creative Writing. She was reintroduced to YA literature as an adult by falling in love with a boy wizard named Harry, and continues to devour the all the wonderful goodness YA brings. Her writing is heavily influenced & inspired by her students as she realized that stories featuring Persons of Color were lacking. Her desire to find and spread the word about quality YA works featuring characters of color and/or written by authors of color is what drove her to join Rich in Color. Lastly, when she isn’t reading, writing or teaching, K. Imani loves to sleep and compete in the occasional triathlon.

You many find her at her website, on Twitter or Facebook. You can also email her directly.

CONTRIBUTOR & WEBMASTER

Jon has slummed it in the valley with the Wakefield twins; slumber partied with Huey, Dewey and Louie; joined Krakow in stalking Angela; and climbed every mountain with the Von Trapps. He has written a guide to blogging, and currently writes young adult and middle grade. He lives online at www.jonyang.org, tweets @jayang, and collects covers of MG/YA books featuring Asian males on his Pinterest. Call it a hobby. Please contact jonATrichincolor.com with any Rich in Color website problems.

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19 Comments on “About Us
  1. Hey y’all,
    After incessant angry facebook posts and long ranting conversations with my friends about the extreme lack of diversity in YA literature, I found Diversity in YA and through them you. And I now have great resources and also feel less alone. The problem is I am a lazy web user sometimes, am I missing your rss feed, and/or would you ever consider creating one?

    Thanks for your great work!

    -Maggie

    • Maggie, thank you so much for the suggestion! I’ve added our RSS feed to the sidebar. Please let me know if you have any other questions. We’re glad to see that there are other people passionate about diversity in YA literature. Thank you for your support!

  2. I’m so thrilled to see y’all entering the kidlitosphere! I’m linking to your blog in my Friday roundup, have added it to my sidebar and look forward to becoming a regular reader. If I can ever be of assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I’ve been blogging from the beginning and in the conversation of diversity youth literature before that. Thanks so much for your contribution!

    • Cynthia, thank you so much for your support! We’re very excited to be working on Rich in Color, and we’ll be sure to keep you in mind when we need assistance.

  3. I’m a big fan of the Brown Bookshelf and thrilled that your voices will be joining the discussion and promotion of books that provide mirrors and windows for the wide audience for Young Adult literature.

  4. Hello, hello.I thought that it would be awesome to get acquainted with you because you feature content on what i’m most interested in, diversity.

    It’s so hard finding other people who are openly passionate about this subject, so i’m so glad to connect with you and all the other bloggers who contribute to your blog.

    • Welcome, Guinevere! We’re always happy to connect with other people who are as passionate about diversity as we are. Thanks for stopping by, and we hope to see more of you in the future!

  5. Hello Ladies!
    My name is Sharon and I am the author of “Amachi’s Hope” a YA fantasy that’s influenced by West African culture. In a search for websites and blogs that have similar opinions in connection to multicultural fiction, it was a pleasure to come across your website.
    I’ve recently created a blog [http://amachiishope.blogspot.com/] with the hope of promoting my book (of course LOL) and communicating with published and unpublished authors (like myself) who may have a story or advice to share in regards to their publishing journey.
    I hope to hear from you in the near future. It’s good to know we’re not alone out here 🙂

  6. I am just curious. I wanna subscribe to your email, cause I love reading new books at the library.
    But we am low income, shy, medical disabled. (my hubby + caregiver have no smart phone, media apps, or money to donate directly)

    So before I confirm to email, we want to know is there any subscriber fee? we could read stuff at public library, suggest books to neighbors in apartment block.

    maybe even write comments if really like the book, but can’t donate to site regular or pay promo fee. I just wanna maybe talk to people who like reading, trying new books.

    • There is no fee to join our mailing list! All it does is email you our regular posts whenever they go up so you don’t have to always come to the site to read them. Thank you for asking!

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