R157. Looking Through the Lens of Conflict: Writing Young Adult Literature About Families in Crisis

Room 505, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 31, 2016
10:30 am to 11:45 am


Contemporary young adult literature often contains themes of family crisis in which teen responses to shifts within the family dynamic can shatter a fragile family. Whether caught up in family abuse, war, poverty, surviving a family member's death, or surviving in a family broken by PTSD responses to community or personal tragedy, teens struggle to cope within broken families. Writers discuss the struggle to portray honest teen responses to crisis and the path to hope.



Ann Angel's publications include books, essays, and short stories including the critically acclaimed biography, Janis Joplin Rise Up Singing and Such a Pretty Face, Short Stories About Beauty. Angel serves as the English graduate program director at Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

E.M. Kokie is the author of Personal Effects, a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults title, Lambda Literary Award Finalist, and IRA Young Adult Honor Book, and the forthcoming YA novel Radical. Other titles include anthologies Violent Ends and Things I'll Never Say: Stories about Our Secret Selves.

Terry Farish is the author of Either the Beginning or the End of the World, the story of a Cambodian-American girl who falls in love with an Army medic returned from Afghanistan and The Good Braider, an ALA/YALSA Best Book for young adults about the dance between cultures of a girl from South Sudan.

J.L. Powers is the author of several young adult novels: The Confessional, This Thing Called the Future, and Amina. She is also the editor of two anthologies, including That Mad Game: Growing Up in a Warzone. She blogs at www.jlpowers.net. She teaches creative writing at Skyline College in California.


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