R248. Diversity Integrated: The Literary Art of Inclusion

Room 407, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 31, 2016
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


A diverse panel (Pakistani, African American, mixed race, lesbian, Korean adoptee) reviews problems of unconscious segregation in literary communities, offering tips on seeking writers from marginalized populations to contribute to, participate in, and enhance critique groups, workshops, creative writing programs, conferences, and organizations. Panelists discuss benefits and risks of identity-based writers’ groups and a need for inclusion at all levels of professional and creative writing.



Lillie Teeters has been published in Otterbein University’s Quiz & Quill literary magazine. Her poem "Hunger Town" appeared in For a Better World 2014: Poems and Drawings on Peace and Justice. She teaches creative writing workshops and is president for the nonprofit writing group, The Phoenix Writers.

Anjali Enjeti’s essays, articles, and criticism have appeared in the Guardian, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and elsewhere. A former attorney, she is a recent graduate of the MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte and a member of the National Book Critics Circle.

Soniah Kamal's novel An Isolated Incident was shortlisted for the KLF French Fiction Prize. She is a Paul Bowles Fiction Fellow at Georgia State University. Her work is in Scroll.in, Huffington Post, Akashic Thursdaze, Commonwealth Writers, Bengal Lights, Arts ATL, the Normal School, and more.

Valerie Boyd is the author of Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston. She is codirector of the University of Georgia’s low-residency MFA program in narrative nonfiction and screenwriting. She is currently curating and editing a forthcoming volume of novelist Alice Walker’s journals.

Matthew Salesses is the author of The Hundred-Year Flood: A Novel; I'm Not Saying, I'm Just Saying: A Novel-in-Flash; and Different Racisms: Essays. He has written for the New York Times, NPR, Salon, and others. He is currently a PhD candidate in creative writing & literature at the University of Houston.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center