“Sensitivity to the current social and political climate and awareness that ‘colony’ is most commonly associated with social injustice has led to this important change,” said Jonathan Brielle, writer/producer in residence at the annual gathering, as well as executive vice president of the Johnny Mercer Foundation, in a statement. “We have dropped the word and are thrilled to incorporate ‘Grove’ into our program. A grove is a group of trees that grow independently, yet closely together and are reliant on the group. A grove imparts community, which is the essence of our writers’ community.”
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