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Sheryl Sandberg Annotates Her Writing on Rap Genius

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has annotated the introduction to her book on Rap Genius, the site where music fans, readers, legal scholars poets and authors can annotate writing.

Sandberg annotated part of Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead  for the site’s Poetry Genius literary annotation project.

Her annotations included background, recommended reading, personal notes and links to help readers find all the sources she used to write her introduction.

Writer Austin Allen leads the Poetry Genius initiative.

The Johns Hopkins University MFA graduate served as an editor at Abbeville Press and edited the homepage for Big Think. Allen can be reached with comments or questions at austin [at] rapgenius [dot] com.

Over email, Allen explained how writers can get involved in the project:

Poets are encouraged to add their own work to the site and comment on it through our Verified Artists program, in which hundreds of amateur and professional lyricists (including rappers Nas, Common, and 50 Cent) have participated since the site’s inception. Literary scholars and critics are also invited to register as Verified experts on the authors (past or present) whose work they study … we will be featuring the writing and commentary of prominent poets and critics every month.


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