Shannon Luders-Manuel

Critical Mixed Race Scholar and Writer

Hollywood, California

Shannon Luders-Manuel

I am a master's graduate and freelance writer living in Los Angeles. My primary focus is on issues related to race, representation, and equality. I provide high quality content in many forms, including academic, op-ed, personal essay, and profiles. I also work as a freelance editor, content editor, sensitivity reader, and content writer for individual and corporate clients.


House of Mirrors: Jordan Peele’s Us Reflects My Split Selves

As I drift to sleep, I wonder who the real me is and who’s the imposter.
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Rediscovering My Father

One night in 2001, newly married and in my first real apartment, I pulled out my grandma’s vintage leather suitcase. Its handle was long gone, but I used it to store hundreds of old photos. I searched through each photo and negative, hoping I might find a double of the one good picture of my dad and me.
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My Grandmother’s Story Is Ending as Mine Begins

My grandmother knew she’d succumb to dementia long before she began to lose her memory, as her two older sisters had shared the same fate before they died. She fought against time to write her life story, but she will never see her dream realized. My grandfather, who died before I was born, knew there was something special about her.
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The “Tragic Mulatta” of Bridgerton

While colorblind casting increases opportunities for diverse casts, colorblindness after casting can result in the perpetuation of stereotypes.
JSTOR Daily Link to Story

Shannon Luders-Manuel MY HERO Portfolio

Stories written by MY HERO Story Director & General Editor Shannon Luders-Manuel
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Of Morgan Freeman, gods and monsters: Men are human, not either saintly or irredeemable

Morgan Freeman recently found himself on the #MeToo list, accused of sexual misconduct. As expected, responses generally landed in two categories: horrified belief and staunch disbelief.
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Being Biracial: Where Our Secret Worlds Collide: Educators' Guide

Being Biracial: Educators’ Guide now brings the topic to the classroom in a bold examination of race, including considered portraits of current figures from the multiracial community and a section of questions relating directly to the essays within the original book, with ample space for note-taking. Students are encouraged to re-examine these issues in new and thought-provoking ways, giving all aspects of the subject some vital air time at a key point in their academic development.
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Captive America: Smart, Rowlandson and the Colonial Sentiment

In 1682, Mary Rowlandson published The Sovereignty and Goodness of God, which documented her kidnapping by neighboring Native Americans in New England. Over three centuries later in 2003, Ed and Lois Smart published their own captivity narrative about the kidnapping of their daughter Elizabeth Smart in Salt Lake City by a homeless religious zealot.
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Meet Gabrielle Gorman: Filmmaker and YoungArts Winner

Earlier this year, Gabrielle Gorman was named one of only seven U.S. filmmakers to be selected as a YoungArts winner, one of the most prestigious awards in the country. Her experimental film Dear America hauntingly touches on body image and race through the medium of improvised narration. Toward the beginning of the film, she intimately tells the viewer, “I remember thinking about cutting all of my skin off, in hopes that the skin that would grow would be pale skin.”.
Essence Magazine Link to Story

The Simple Trick That Helps Me Feel Grateful (Even on Bad Days)

I’m a positive person, but I’ve never been one for affirmations and I cringe at motivational calendars. But here's something that does work for me—and maybe it will work for you, too.
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Shades of Beige: Shannon Luders-Manuel Interviews Tara Betts

TARA BETTS IS a professor, author, and award-winning poet who most recently co-edited the anthology The Beiging of America: Personal Narratives About Being Mixed Race in the Twenty-First Century, along with Cathy J. Schlund-Vials and Sean Patrick Forbes. The anthology, published by 2Leaf Press, is the third in the series “Explorations in Diversity.”.
Los Angeles Review of Books Link to Story

The Complicated Relationship Between a Daughter and a Father with Substance Use Disorder

Every June, the card section of any store becomes dangerous. Blue becomes the dominant color — not just for graduation, but for Father’s Day. The aisle is marked by commercial masculinity: Boxy shapes, straight edges, images of beer cans and lawnmowers and collared shirts with ties. Letters form words that speak to protection and sacrifice.
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Shannon Luders-Manuel

I work as a critical mixed race scholar and writer, through both academic and creative publications. With a background in such diverse areas as rhetoric, linguistics and creative writing, my work encapsulates a variety of writing styles, and my interests are likewise varied.

I was named Southern Oregon University's best graduate of the past 10 years by the college's linguistics professor. I then went on to receive my Masters in English Literature, where I produced an 80+ page thesis on the "tragic mulatta" genre. I have a scholarly publication in Vanderbilt University's online journal AmeriQuests, and I presented my SOU capstone paper on dictionary history at the Southeastern Conference on Linguistics.

In 2014, I was a featured writer at the Mixed Remixed Festival in Los Angeles for an in-progress memoir about taking care of my father at the end of life. In June 2016, my commissioned book "Being Biracial: Where Our Secret Worlds Collide: Educators' Guide" was published to accompany an anthology of the same name, published in 2015. I have also had the honor of writing profiles about Olympic open-water swimmer Lynne Cox and YoungArts winner and filmmaker Gabrielle Gorman.

I am passionate about using language to bridge divides between races and cultures and to connect with others on a personal level.



  • Proofreading
  • Resume Building
  • Curriculum Writing
  • Editing
  • Content Writing
  • Book Reviewing
  • Academic Writing
  • Blogging
  • Teaching
  • Personal Essay
  • Resumes and Cover Letters
  • Tutoring
  • Ghostwriting
  • Lecturing
  • Public Speaking
  • Content Editing
  • ghostwriting
  • Sensitivity Reading