R143. Creating Discrimination & Harassment Policies in the Era of #MeToo

Portland Ballroom 252, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2
Thursday, March 28, 2019
9:00 am to 10:15 am


It’s vitally important that all literary places are free of harassment of any kind, and strong policies need to be enacted that not only attempt to prevent harassing or discriminatory behavior, but to ensure accountability for one’s actions as well as protection and advocacy for those who are wronged. Join the leaders of several literary centers to discuss their own policies, how they were created and implemented, and ways we can all do better in creating safe literary places.



Michael Khandelwal writes and publishes fiction and poetry and teaches workshops for The Muse Writers Center in Norfolk, Virginia, for which he is the Executive Director (and cofounder). He is a columnist for Coastal Virginia Magazine and a former webmaster for The American Council on Education.

Eve Bridburg is the founder and Executive Director of Grub Street, one of the country’s leading writing centers. She is also a former literary agent with ZSH Literary agent where she's edited and sold bestselling and award-winning nonfiction and fiction.

Andrea Dupree is program director for Lighthouse Writers Workshop, a nonprofit literary center she co-founded in 1997. A recipient of two MacDowell fellowships, her fiction has appeared in places including PloughsharesVQRColorado Review, and the Normal School.

Britt Udesen is the Executive and Artistic Director at the Loft Literary Center and has served in leadership positions at LitNet, The Cabin, The Sun Valley Center for the Arts, and Storyfort.

Gregg Wilhelm is director of the BFA and MFA Programs in Creative Writing at George Mason University. He is founder and director emeritus of literary arts nonprofit CityLit Project in Baltimore and publisher of its CityLit Press imprint. Wilhelm earned his MFA in fiction from the University of Tampa.


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