S257. Lit Hub Presents: A Conversation on Literary Citizenship in the Age of Diversity

Virginia Barber Middleton Stage, Sponsored by USC, Exhibit Halls D & E, Convention Center, Level Two
Saturday, February 11, 2017
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Lit Hub contributing editors Bethanne Patrick and Michele Filgate present a conversation about what literary citizenship means as we move towards greater diversity in reading, writing, teaching, and publishing. Is the term "literary citizenship" valid? Is it loaded with privileged connotations, or is it helpful? What are some of the things writers can do to support each other and the wider community? What are some of the innovative methods they're using to do so?



Bethanne Patrick is a writer whose essays, criticism, and interviews appear in The Washington Post, The Mid, LitHub, BN.com, and many others. The author of two books from National Geographic, she is currently editing an anthology for Regan Arts. She tweets @TheBookMaven.

Michele Filgate is a contributing editor at Literary Hub and vice president of awards for the National Book Critics Circle. Her work has appeared in Slice, Gulf Coast, the Paris Review Daily, Tin House, the Rumpus, Salon, the Barnes & Noble Review, and many other publications.

Alexander Chee is the author of the novels Edinburgh and The Queen of the Night. He is a recipient of the Whiting Writers Award and a NEA in Fiction and  an associate professor of English at Dartmouth College.

Glory Edim is the founder of Well-Read Black Girl, a Brooklyn-based book club and digital platform that celebrates the uniqueness of Black literature and sisterhood. Follow her on Instagram: @wellreadblackgirl for event updates and book recommendations.


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