Our Word

Our Word is a student organization whose history is based on activism. In 2000, Our Word was created as the direct result of the protest artist Victor Cervantes ('01) staged to highlight the lack of attention for artists of color on campus. Our Word's mission is to enrich the School of the Arts Writing Program, and the literary community, with outreach, advocacy and inclusiveness.


Our Word serves diverse writers, including, but not limited to, persons of color, disabled students, international students, LGBTQIA, first generation students, women, and any person who claims a non-normative identity. Our Word, is open to any MFA student in the Writing Program.


Writers in Residence


In an effort to bring a more diverse perspective to the MFA Program, we invite an artist to be our Writer-in-Residence (WiR) each semester. The WiR offers feedback to student work in a one-on-one conference setting. Copies of the WiR’s books and articles are made available to students.


Previous WiRs have included Naomi Jackson, Saeed Jones, Alice Sola Kim, Marie Myung-Ok Lee, Wesley Brown, Marie Mockett, Samantha Thornhill, Victor LaValle, Hari Kunzru, and Colson Whitehead.


More Info


For information on our events and meetings, please email columbia.ourword@gmail.com to be added to the mailing list.


Follow us on Instagram: @columbia.ourword.

Follow us on Twitter: @ourwordcu.



2018-2019 Our Word Co-Presidents

Chelsea Roberts & Chenee Daley

2017-2018 Our Word Co-Presidents

Jarrod Harrison & Cyree Johnson


Our Word host readings, eat & greets, workshops, and an annual zine.

Tue April 16, 2019, 6:00pm

In this roundtable discussion, writers, editors, and agents of diverse backgrounds will discuss best practices for navigating the publishing industry.


Thu April 25, 2019, 6:00pm

Join us for a reading and Q/A with Namwali Serpell, Our Word's Spring 2019 Writer-in-Residence.