S170. Narrating the Intersections: Crafting Black LGBTQ Lives in Fiction

Grand Salon C, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


How do race, gender, and sexuality shape the structures of contemporary fictional craft? How do they inflect our characters’ voices and the strategies we use to narrate their lives? In a historical moment when #BlackLivesMatter, trans visibility, and LGBTQ activism offer new possibilities for writers and readers interested in marginalized lives, this panel considers how voice, fictional form, and storytelling make space for important modes of critique and empathy, both on the page and beyond.



Marci Blackman is the author of the novels, Po Man’s Child, recipient of the ALA’s Stonewall Award for Best Fiction, and Tradition, noted in Band of Thebes as one of the Best LGBTQ Books of 2013. Publication of Blackman’s third novel, Elephant, is forthcoming.

Kaitlyn Greenidge is a fiction writer who holds an MFA from Hunter. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Buzzfeed, Elle.com, The Believer, American Short Fiction, and other places. Her debut novel is We Love You, Charlie Freeman.

Nicole Dennis-Benn is the author of Here Comes The Sun, an NPR and New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Dennis-Benn is a Lambda Literary Award winner, and named a finalist for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Award, and NYPL Young Lions Award.

Mecca Jamilah Sullivan is author of Blue Talk and Love (stories). She is assistant professor of women, gender, sexuality studies at UMass Amherst, and has published in Callaloo, American Fiction, Best New Writing, and others. She has won support from Bread Loaf, the Center for Fiction, Yaddo, and the NEA.


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