S245. Going for Broke: Poor and Working Class Writers Talk About Choosing Careers in the Arts

Liberty Salon N, O, & P, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Four
Saturday, February 11, 2017
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


How do you navigate life as a working artist when you come from poverty? Five writers from racially diverse working class backgrounds in the Caribbean, US, and Western Europe will discuss what it means to plot a career in the arts without a safety net. Topics will include: finding relevant career advice for those from low income backgrounds; making career choices or compromises based on your class; class and race; sustaining a career; and the strengths and limits of poverty PTSD.



Kaitlyn Greenidge is a fiction writer who holds an MFA from Hunter College. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Buzzfeed, Elle.com, the Believer, American Short Fiction, and other places. Her debut novel is We Love You, Charlie Freeman.

Tiphanie Yanique is the author the novel, Land of Love and Drowning, winner of the First Novel Award from the Center for Fiction and the Rosenthal Family Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. She is also a poet and short story writer. Her forthcoming book of poems is called Wife.

Tennessee Jones is the author of Deliver Me from Nowhere. His fiction has received awards from the Jacob K. Javits and Christopher Isherwood Foundations and Hunter College. He was the George Bennett Fellow at Phillips Exeter Academy and the Philip Roth Writer in Residence at Bucknell University.

Courttia Newland is the author of seven works of fiction. His novel is The Gospel According to Cane. Cosmogramma, a collection of speculative fiction short stories, is forthcoming.

Kerry Carnahan


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center