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date: 22 September 2020

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The use of literature and creative writing as public scholarship bridges the humanities, social sciences, and social activism. Public scholarship merges creative writing, democratic impulses, and the power of activism. In this chapter, the authors argue for the power and possibilities of literature as public scholarship for transforming our communal perspectives and self-perspectives and for contributing to meaningful public dialogue and the public good. The chapter engages the following questions by examining public literature in virtual and nonvirtual spaces: How can creative writing and literature alter, transform, and reimagine our experiences and definitions of public space? How does literature in everyday spaces democratize our lived experiences and empower our voices? The authors provide examples of poetry, creative nonfiction, fiction, and hybrid forms as public scholarship and offer resources for readers interested in their own public scholarship projects using literary forms.

Keywords: literature, creative writing, creative nonfiction, public dialogue, poetry, fiction, literary forms, qualitative research, writing, public scholarship

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