R156. What Are You?: Mixed-Race Writers Find Voice and Community

Room 504, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 31, 2016
10:30 am to 11:45 am


While the mixed-race population explodes in the US, there is no definitive mixed-race/multiracial experience. Mixed identity is varied, and mixed writers often do a form of literary code-switching as they write in multiple communities. In this panel, mixed authors share their work and discuss how mixed writers of different ethnic, economic, and geographic backgrounds find inspiration, form community, and create in conversation with one another.



Aaron Samuels is a Cave Canem fellow and author of the book Yarmulkes & Fitted Caps. An alumnus of the Providence Youth Poetry Slam, Aaron has coached youth poets in Providence, Boston, and DC. He is the founder of WU-SLam, a collegiate literary organization at Washington University in St. Louis.

Chris L. Terry's debut novel Zero Fade was on Best of 2013 lists by Slate, Kirkus Reviews, and the American Library Association's YALSA BFYA. He has a fiction writing MFA from Columbia College Chicago and is working on a novel about mixed-race identity and punk rock.

F. Douglas Brown is the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize recipient for Zero to Three. An educator for nearly twenty years, he teaches English at Loyola High School of Los Angeles, an all-boys Jesuit school. He is both a Cave Canem and Kundiman fellow.

Suzi F. Garcia's a poet at the University of Notre Dame, where she has taught or TA-ed for POP! Goes the Poetry!; Popular Culture, American Arts, and Social Change; and Introduction to Gender Studies. She's an assistant editor at Noemi Press and has been published in Yalobusha Review, the Pinch, and more.

Casey Rocheteau was the recipient of the inaugural Write A House permanent residency in Detroit in September, 2014. Her newest collection of poems The Dozen is forthcoming.


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