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.


Can Biracial Activists Speak To Black Issues?

While my first instinct was to celebrate Jesse Williams’ recent Humanitarian Award from BET, my second instinct, which came just seconds later, was to brace myself for the backlash. The Grey’s Anatomy actor and former teacher has been a highly visible activist within the Black Lives Matter movement, recently executive producing the documentary Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement.
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A Brief History Of Behind-The-Scenes Activism With A Big Impact

History has not always been made by those who are so visible.
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18-Year-Old Filmmaker Gabrielle Gorman Takes On Police Brutality

The summer before Gabrielle Gorman’s junior year of high school, she decided to turn her feelings about police brutality into a poem. What transpired was a six-minute experimental film called Dear America, for which Gabrielle has been winning accolades across the country. Among them are Best Student Experimental at the 2016 My Hero International Film Festival and a YoungArts award, along with only six other filmmakers in the country.
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Why The Public Shaming Of Drug Users Must Stop

On September 8, the East Liverpool, Ohio police department shared two photos on the City’s Facebook page. The images depicted a woman, Rhonda Pasek, and her boyfriend, James Acord, slumped over in a suspected heroin and fentanyl overdose while Pasek’s 4-year-old grandson sat helplessly in the backseat of the car. The fact that the boy is looking straight at the camera while the adults lie completely incapacitated, their eyes wide open, likely led the officers to believe these upsetting images would resonate strongly with the public. The police say they released the photos as a deterrent against drug use: “We are well aware that some may be offended by these images and for that we are truly sorry, but it is time that the non drug using public sees what we are now dealing with on a daily basis.”
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Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder Is More Than A Bellyache And A Bad Mood

When I was in college, a friend told me that she didn’t get menstrual cramps because she exercised. As she spoke those words, I pictured high school me running an eight-mile race on the cross country team, blood spilling into my giant pad while I tried to ignore the pulsing uterine pain that made me want to double over right there on the trail. High school me wanted to reach into the future and punch this friend in the face.
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My Cat Saved Me From Depersonalization Disorder

I’ve been struggling with depersonalization for decades. Sometimes it hits me while I sing along to the radio; suddenly, I feel like a faceless puppet master making someone named “Shannon” sing on command. Sometimes I’ll watch this same “Shannon” brush her teeth or open a cabinet to put away a plate.
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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
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  • 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