For Grantees: Deeper than Our Skins: The Present Is a Conversation with the Past

Deeper than our Skins: The Present Is a Conversation with the Past

Created by Maria Sachiko Cecire, Director of Experimental Humanities and Assistant Professor of Literature, Bard College, in collaboration with Wini Ashooh, Central Rappahannock Regional Library System; Edith Campbell, Cunningham Memorial Library at Indiana State University; and Vanessa "Chacha" Centeno, Sacramento Public Library.

The "Deeper than Our Skins" theme is part of the Great Stories Club series on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation.

Grantees may log in to view their original application, complete a schedule of programs, and work on the final report at our online application site. Additional resources for participating libraries are below.


  • Applications accepted online Sept. 5 - Nov. 16, 2018 
  • Grant notification: Dec. 7, 2018 
  • Programming Term: March 1 - Dec. 31, 2019 
  • Workshop for grantees: Feb. 21 - 22, 2019 in Chicago 
  • Online final report due: January 31, 2020 or within 30 days of final program (preview the final report form or log in to begin)

Reading List

Grantees have selected up to four books from the reading list below.

  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano
  • Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices, edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale
  • The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang, illustrated by Sonny Liew
  • Mother of the Sea by Zetta Elliott
  • Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. by Luis J. Rodriguez

Programming Materials

Promotional Materials

See Also

Advisors and Participating Libraries