As the "makers and carriers of fresh meaning" (Joy Harjo), we know this time and opportunity is historic. Sun Literary is committed to the luminous belief that shared progress is possible and interinformed. Though the publishing is newly opening to this as an industry in the last few years, we are an Own Voice founded agency, and we've been doing multicultural work and reviews from our inception.
Based in Oklahoma where the Trail of Tears reminds of grief and the land resounds of regeneration, Sun Literary acknowledges that our genetic and social history is complex, that a spiritual and social tendency towards superior thinking and erasure remains, that race is a social construct and no one is exempt from its institutionalization but some have experienced its impact far more egregiously. Sun Literary's work compassionately acknowledges the human reality that personal and inherited life experiences inform our "seeing" – our vision, language, and habits of narration.
Sun Literary's multicultural methodology implements interinformed wisdom – multiple perspectives, intersections, educational resources, accessibility and embodied expertise in our process of review and consultation. Like our historic and present-day realities, publishing has a long way to go in accompanying an equitable, just, accessible and compassionate world; but we are joyful witnesses & participants in the fact that it's leading the way. This is the power and privilege of story-making.
Our multicultural reviews include Persons & Communities of Culture within tribal nations and within the current DEIA term reflecting identities for diversity, equity, inclusion + accessibility. We move beyond the current scope or definition of the sociopolitical term "BIPOC" to provide inclusive and equitable representations, which more accurately includes First Nations/Native sovereign tribes, as well as People of Disability, Neurodivergences, multiple inheritances and more in the effort to avoid a monolithic approach to distinct identities, complexities, or culture. In this evolving terrain, we move towards better language alongside better belonging.
Sun Literary believes we are all equally, spiritually, and morally called to be good relations and good stewards.
All projects center Own Voice representation and is approached with a guiding commitment to shared progress.
Sun Lit recommends Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings by Joy Harjo and On Being Project's Grounding Virtues and Civil Conversations.