R276. A Reading and Conversation with Rita Mae Brown, Cherríe Moraga, and Chloe Schwenke, Sponsored by Red Hen Press

Ballroom C, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


From prolific to emerging, these  authors will read from novels, poetry, and memoir, and discuss the effects of their literary influences as well as the pressures of inevitably carrying on the power of literary influence. The authors will address how they navigate the responsibilities of representation and the intersections of multiple marginalized identities, including lesbian, queer, trans, female, and POC.


Amber Flora Thomas is the author of The Rabbits Could Sing and Eye of Water which won the Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Thomas’s honors include the Richard Peterson Poetry Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize, and the Ann Stanford Prize. Her third collection, Red Channel in the Rupture is forthcoming.

Chloe Schwenke is an openly transgender Quaker woman whose life’s journey includes living in five countries and working on projects in more than forty, mostly in Africa and the Middle East. As a human rights and peacebuilding activist, an international development practitioner, an academic, one of the first three transgender appointees of the Obama Administration, and the parent of two children, she has committed her life to assisting marginalized groups in some of the world’s most challenging countries. In 2013, she received the National Center for Transgender Equality’s National Public Service Award. She lives in Olney, Maryland.

Rita Mae Brown is the bestselling author of the Sneaky Pie Brown series; the Sister Jane series; the Runnymede novels, including Six of One and Cakewalk; A Nose for Justice and Murder Unleashed; Rubyfruit Jungle; In Her Day; and many other books. She is an Emmy-nominated screenwriter and a poet.

Cherrie Moraga is a poet, playwright, and essayist. She is the coeditor of This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color and the author of A Chicana Codex of Changing Consciousness. Her most recent work is a memoir entitled, Native Country of the Heart  – A Geography of Desire.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside