Storytelling for Change: Environmental Racism and Literature with Kiese Laymon & Imbolo Mbue, Sponsored by Literary Arts & The Lyceum Agency

Ballroom 1, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 5
Saturday, March 11, 2023
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


A conversation on storytelling, environmental racism, and activism. Set in a fictional African village being polluted by an oil company, Mbue's latest novel confronts environmental devastation, corporate colonialism and activism. Laymon's multigenerational roots in Mississippi have led him to consider climate justice and the ways that extractive agriculture, corporate interests, and the legacy of slavery impact communities of color in the US. This event will be livestreamed. ASL interpretation and live captioning will be provided.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: NEW_Imbolo_Kiese_-_AWP_Outline.pdf



February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center