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Due to winter weather-related closures, this program has been canceled.
Poet Remica Bingham-Risher (Starlight & Error), fiction writer Lisa Ko (The Leavers), and young adult novelist Nic Stone (Dear Martin) discuss race, gender, and identity across genres, offering perspectives on immigration, family, and police brutality, among other topics, encouraging thoughtful dialogue within our community.
Why should you attend?
“There’s starlight and sunlight in this elegant book where the soul shines through every line. Only when we see how richly the poems matter to the poet can they come so close to us—entering with inescapable feeling and authenticity. We believe, and live, what each poem says, because the heart knows truthful detail… Bingham-Risher has written a world-class book of poems. This is no imitation. This is the real thing.”—Grace Cavalieri, producer and host of ￼The Poet and the Poem from the Library of Congress
“The Leavers expertly weaves a tale of the conflicts between love and loyalty, personal identity and familial obligation, and the growing divide between freedom and social justice. An affecting novel that details the the gut-wrenching realities facing illegal immigrants and their families in modern America, Ko’s debut is the 2017 fiction release you can’t afford to miss.”—Bustle
“In this roller-coaster ride of a debut, [Stone] summons the popular legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. to respond to the recent tragic violence befalling unarmed black men and boys… Though constrained, the work nevertheless stands apart in a literature that too often finds it hard to look hard truths in the face. Take interest and ask questions.”—Kirkus