Transparency & Transformation: The Literary Institution at the Tipping Point

121A, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 100 Level
Friday, March 25, 2022
3:20 pm to 4:35 pm


Many literary institutions are reckoning with a history of exclusion and discrimination. However, after accusations have flown and mea culpas been made, most have chosen to work behind closed doors as they try to reinvent the systems of power among their staff and on their board. Come hear from leaders at organizations who are undertaking this necessary DEI work out in the open, where transparency and accountability allow for vulnerability, and where misstep can be an opportunity to grow.

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Keetje Kuipers’s third collection, All Its Charms, contains poems published in the Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry anthologies. A former Stegner Fellow, Keetje is visiting professor of creative writing at the University of Montana, editor of Poetry Northwest, and a board member at the NBCC.

Ruben Quesada is a gay, first-generation Costa Rican American poet and critic who was raised by immigrant parents. He is the author of the poetry collections Revelations and Next Extinct Mammal. He is currently producing a documentary about Latinx poetry.

Joyce Chen is the executive director of The Seventh Wave, a literary arts nonprofit that tackles art in the space of social issues through publishing, events, residencies, and education. She has been published in Rolling Stone, Poets & Writers, People, Paste, LitHub, Narratively, and more.

Crystal Williams, a poet and essayist, is the author of four poetry collections, most recently, Detroit as Barn. She has received numerous fellowships, awards, and honors. Find more information at www.crystalannwilliams.com.

Rob Arnold (he/him) is a Chamoru poet, editor, and interim executive director of Hugo House, Seattle's independent writing center. His poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Hyphen, Gettysburg Review, Poetry Northwest, Red Ink, Yes, Poetry, the Ocean State Review, and the Volta, among others.


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