Thinking Beyond the Page: Reaching and Creating Community

Room 2104A, Kansas City Convention Center, Street Level
Thursday, February 8, 2024
3:20 pm to 4:35 pm


This panel features writers who create programming and events that expand our impact beyond the boundaries of the literary world. Participants will share their experiences with programs that reach new communities or develop community in inclusive and nurturant ways. Our presenters, for example, have initiated creative writing in prisons; collaborated with a theater company bringing reader’s theater into schools; and worked with a literary arts organization devoted to developing young writers.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Thinking_Beyond_the_Page_Outline.pdf



Marina Budhos is the author of several award-winning novels and nonfiction books. Her novels include We Are All We Have, Watched, The Professor of Light, and House of Waiting. She has been an LA Times Book Finalist and is a professor emerita at William Paterson University.

Tanuja Desai Hidier is an author/singer-songwriter whose pioneering debut Born Confused is widely considered the first South Asian American YA novel. Its sequel Bombay Blues received the South Asia Book Award. She makes albums/videos and serves on the board of Maine youth literary nonprofit The Telling Room.

Christina Chiu is the winner of the 2040 Books' James Alan McPherson Award and the Kirkus Best Books of 2020. She is the author of Beauty and Troublemaker and Other Saints. Her work has appeared in Tin House, Publisher's Weekly, Electric Literature, and NextTribe. She is a founder of AAWW.

Mikhail Iossel


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center