R134. Creating Opportunities for Writers of Color: A Continued Urgency

Gold Salon 3, JW Marriott LA, 1st Floor
Thursday, March 31, 2016
10:30 am to 11:45 am


Willow Books, an award-winning publisher of writers of color, and VONA/Voices, a foundation for writers of color, discuss why their missions have a renewed relevancy. Key writers, editors, and administrators discuss the current climate in publishing, in social media, and in the political world that makes creating these opportunities more vital than ever. They discuss their inspiration, their challenges, and how their work has contributed to the inclusivity of writers of color.



Reginald Flood

Diem Jones is cofounder and executive director of the VONA/Voices Workshop.

Elmaz Abinader is the author of two books of poetry, This House My Bones, and In the Country of My Dreams..., a memoir, Children of the Roojme, and several one-woman shows including Country of Origin. She is a cofounder of VONA and teaches at Mills College.

Angie Chuang is an associate professor of journalism at American University in Washington, DC. Her memoir is The Four Words for Home. Her work has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, Vela, the Asian American Literary Review, and others.

Angela Narciso Torres’s book, Blood Orange, won the Willow Books Lit Award in Poetry. A senior editor for RHINO, she has received fellowships from Ragdale and the Illinois Arts Council. She teaches poetry workshops in Chicago.


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