S193. Growing Up Mixed/Multiracial in the Pacific Northwest

D135, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


What’s it like growing up mixed in the Pacific Northwest, where Portland makes headlines as The Whitest City in America yet Seattle boasts the nation’s 2nd-highest multiracial population? Come hear the diverse voices and stories (a bestselling novelist/festival director, a farmgirl/award-winning memoirist, a filmmaker/short-story writer, two acclaimed theatre artists, one transnationally raised, one transracially adopted) that are changing the region’s vibrant literary, film, and theatre scene.


Faith Adiele has authored two memoirs, The Nigerian-Nordic Girl's Guide to Lady Problems and Meeting Faith; coedited Coming of Age Around the World; and was writer/subject/narrator of the PBS documentary film My Journey Home. She teaches at VONA/Voices, SF Writers Grotto, and California College of the Arts.

Heidi Durrow is the New York Times best-selling novelist of The Girl Who Fell From the Sky which won the PEN/Bellwether Prize. She is the founder and executive director of the annual film and book festival Mixed Remixed held in Los Angeles.

Alyss Dixson is an award winning writer-producer. She studied Comparative Literature at Yale, Film at Columbia University, and Creative Writing at SFSU. She won the Joseph Henry Jackson award, fellowships from Cave Canem Foundation and Callaloo Workshop and been published in Callaloo, Day One, and The Atlantic.

LisaMarie Rollins, poet/playwright, is the author of the book Other Words For Grief. Her plays include TOKEN and Ungrateful Daughter: One Black Girls Story of being adopted by a White Family.... Her work has been included in Other Tongues: Mixed-Race Women Speak OutAs/UsLine/Break, the Pacific Review, and other publications. She is a VONA/Voices alum and Callaloo Fellow.

Dmae Roberts is a two-time Peabody-winning writer, radio producer, and theatre artist. Her memoir is The Letting Go Trilogies: Stories of a Mixed-Race Family. She is executive producer of MediaRites and Theatre Diaspora, an Asian American/Pacific Islander theatre project in Portland.


March 27–30, 2019
Portland, OR

Oregon Convention Center