A Reading & Conversation with Elizabeth Acevedo, Dawn Lundy Martin, and Deesha Philyaw, Sponsored by Blue Flower Arts

Terrace Ballroom I & II, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 400 Level
Thursday, March 24, 2022
5:00 pm to 6:15 pm


Join Blue Flower Arts for a reading and conversation featuring Elizabeth Acevedo, Dawn Lundy Martin, and Deesha Philyaw—three phenomenal women of color working across mediums to give voice to the most urgent stories of our time. From novel-in-verse and YA lit, story collections and poetry, TV pilots, essay, and memoir, these writers truly do it all, challenging the limits of genre and reflecting a diversity of stories through a wide range of storytelling methods.

This event will be livestreamed. ASL interpretation and live captioning will be provided.


Elizabeth Acevedo, National Poetry Slam Champion, received the 2018 National Book Award for her New York Times best selling novel, The Poet X. Acevedo holds a BA in performing arts from the George Washington University and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Maryland.

Dawn Lundy Martin, PhD, is professor in the English Department at the University of Pittsburgh. Her books include A Gathering of Matter/A Matter of Gathering; DISCIPLINE; Life in a Box is a Pretty Life; and GOOD STOCK, STRANGE BLOOD, winner of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award.

Deesha Philyaw is the author of The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, winner of the the 2021 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the 2020/2021 Story Prize, and the 2020 Los Angeles Times Book Prize: The Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, and a finalist for the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction.


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