VIRTUAL: Legends in Modern Storytelling

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


Despite our temporal distance from the mythologies of the past, authors continually reconnect and weave our cultural legends together, contemporizing age-old tales and finding the roots where our shared human experience is most honest, urgent, magical, and intertwined. Our diverse panel of three fiction authors and a literary journal’s editor-in-chief discuss how legendary tales influence their writing and publication. Together we explore how stories of old speak to the pressing issues of today.

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.



Dani Hedlund is the founder and CEO of the international nonprofit Brink Literacy Project and the editor-in-chief of the literary and art collection, F(r)iction.

Madeline Miller is a writer, classicist, and former high school teacher. Her first novel was The Song of Achilles, which was awarded the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction (now the Women's Prize). Her second novel, Circe, was an instant number one New York Times Bestseller.

Dan Chaon’s most recent book is Sleepwalk: A Novel. Other works include the short story collection Stay Awake, a finalist for the story prize; the national bestsellers Ill Will and Await Your Reply; and Among the Missing, a National Book Award finalist. He retired from Oberlin College in 2018.

Rebecca Roanhorse is a NYTimes bestseller and a Nebula, Hugo, and Locus Award-winning speculative fiction writer. She has written eight novels, multiple short stories and has been published in over a dozen languages. She edited the Best American SFF 2022, and she also writes for TV and Marvel Comics.

Alix E. Harrow is a New York Times bestselling and Hugo award-winning writer now living in Virginia with her husband and their two semi-feral kids. She is the author of The Ten Thousand Doors of January, The Once and Future Witches, and various short fiction.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center