F121. Ethnicity and Craft

Archives, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Four
Friday, February 10, 2017
9:00 am to 10:15 am


How do we write fiction that captures specific cultural experiences without giving in to stereotypes and branding? How do we negotiate the readers’ expectation that a writer is representing an entire culture on the page? Five authors whose books successfully straddle different cultures explore how to balance writing on the hyphen. They address how to capture cultural specificity and difference, and how to be a writer of authenticity, not just ethnicity.



Adam Stumacher's work has appeared in Granta, the Kenyon Review, the Sun, Best New American Voices, and others. He holds degrees from Cornell and Saint Mary's, and he was a fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. He is an award-winning educator in urban schools in Boston.

Anjali Mitter Duva is a writer, dancer, and educator, and the author of Faint Promise of Rain. She is a cofounder of the Chhandam Institute of Kathak Dance and of the Arlington Author Salon, and is a frequent speaker on culture-specific writing, Indian history, and classical dance.

Nomi Eve is the author of Henna House and The Family Orchard, a Book-of-the-Month Club main selection that was nominated for a National Jewish Book Award. Henna House was selected as the 2015 One Book One Jewish Community Read in Philadelphia. She teaches fiction writing at Drexel University.

Jennifer De Leon is the editor of Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education. Her short story, Home Movie, was selected as Boston’s One City, One Story in 2015. The Associates of the Boston Public Library also awarded her the writer in residence fellowship. She writes fiction and nonfiction.

Soniah Kamal's novel An Isolated Incident is a Townsend Award for Fiction and KLF Fiction Prize finalist and an Amazon Rising Star pick. A Paul Bowles Fiction Fellow at GSU, her work has appeared in The Guardian, Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, The Normal School, Catapult, The Missing Slate, and more.


February 7–10, 2024
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