VIRTUAL: Lessons from Louis K. Lowy: How to Build Legacy and Foster Community

Wednesday, February 7, 2024
9:00 am to 10:00 am


Join us for an enlightening and practical discussion on the life and work of Louis K. Lowy, a beloved Miami writer whose passing left a significant void in his local community. Through an exploration of Louis's prolific writing, mentorship, and friendship, panelists, including friends and fellow writers, will offer actionable insights and tips on how to build a lasting legacy, foster a supportive writing community, and navigate the emotional landscape of loss.

This virtual event was prerecorded. It will be available to watch on-demand online starting on Wednesday, February 7, 2024 through Thursday, March 7, 2024.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Louis_event_outline.pdf



Hector Duarte, Jr. is a writer and high school teacher out of Miami, Florida. He edited for The Flash Fiction Offensive and has published widely throughout the internet and in print. His debut short-story collection Desperate Times Call was released by Shotgun Honey books in 2018.

John Dufresne is the author of two story collections, six novels, and four books on craft, including Flash! a Guide to Writing Very Short Fiction and Storyville: an Illustrated Guide to Writing Fiction. He teaches creative writing at Florida International University, and is at work on a novel.

Omar Figueras is a professor at Miami Dade College and sits on the advisory board of Reading Queer. In January 2019, he received a KWLS Teacher & Librarian Scholarship, and in the summer of 2020, with the sponsorship of the Humanities Edge Grant, he created the MDC Student Writers Conference.

Born in Port-au-Prince, M.J. Fievre is the author of the Badass Black Girl series. She's a senior editor at Mango Publishing and a program coordinator at the Miami Book Fair.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center