R140. Learning Curve: The Challenge of Building Inclusive Communities

Grand Salon C, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
10:30 am to 11:45 am


In recent years, the greater literary community has begun to confront its microcosm of social ills, including privilege, sexual assault, and appropriation. Affecting writers, editors, and educators, many of these incidents incited immediate calls for resolution and repair, but often brought thorny issues to the fore. VIDA: Women in Literary Arts hosts this panel of activists and writers on identifying and addressing wrongs with transparency, shaping protocol, and managing the learning curve.



Lynn Melnick is author of the poetry collections Landscape with Sex and Violence and If I Should Say I Have Hope, both with YesYes Books. She is a 2017–2018 Cullman Center Fellow at the NYPL. She serves on the Executive Board of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.

Amy King's The Missing Museum is a winner of the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize. She is on the executive board of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, received the 2015 WNBA Award, coedits Bettering American Poetry and Big Energy Poets anthologies, and teaches creative writing at SUNY Nassau Community College.

KMA Sullivan is the author of two poetry collections: Inclined to Riot (forthcoming) and Necessary Fire. Poems and essays have appeared in Boston Review, The Rumpus, Southern Humanities Review, diode, and elsewhere. She is the publisher at YesYes Books and the coeditor in Chief of Vinyl.

Héctor Ramírez is a writer, teacher, and former mariachi. He received a BA in literary arts from Brown University and is currently an MFA candidate in fiction at the University of Colorado.

Hafizah Geter's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The New Yorker, Tin House, Boston Review, Gulf Coast, and Narrative magazine, among others. She is on the board of VIDA and she is a poetry editor for Phantom Books. She is an editor at Amazon Publishing's Little A and Day One.


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