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Friday, February 9, 2024

12:10 p.m. to 1:25 p.m.

Room 2103A, Kansas City Convention Center, Street Level


Be Shameless: Everything You Need to Know to Nail Promotion

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The most cringeworthy aspect of transitioning from writer to published author is mastering the art of self-promotion. The market appears to demand shamelessness and narcissism as a way forward. But there are alternatives that can center sharing your work without losing your soul. Join us to learn the best strategies to reach readers. We’ll cover social media, trade and online marketing essentials, how to leverage your network, all while staying focused on your work.

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Cleyvis Natera is the author of the critically acclaimed debut novel Neruda on the Park. She holds an MFA in Fiction from New York University.

Twitter Username: cleyvisnatera

Mitchell S. Jackson is the winner of the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing and the 2021 National Magazine Award in Feature Writing. He is the author of the novel The Residue Years and the memoir Survival Math. He teaches creative writing at Arizona State University.

Twitter Username: mitchsjackson


Angie Cruz is the author of the novels Dominicana and How Not To Drown In A Glass of Water. She teaches at University of Pittsburgh and is the editor of For more info:

Twitter Username: acruzwriter

Lisa Lucas is the senior vice president and publisher of Pantheon and Schocken Books at Penguin Random House. Previously, Lucas was the executive director of the National Book Foundation. She also served as the publisher of Guernica and director of education at the Tribeca Film Institute.

Twitter Username: likaluca

Room 2104A, Kansas City Convention Center, Street Level


Mek We Talk: Language and Identity in Caribbean Writing and Beyond

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Like many marginalized authors, Caribbean writers are challenging colonial storytelling patterns. One challenge we face in incorporating local languages into our work is that, while our lived vernacular adds authenticity to our literature, some say it hinders comprehension. In this panel, five Caribbean authors and editors discuss dialect's role in establishing setting, character, and plot; how they respond to demands for “standardized” language; and how they find balance in their own work.

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Carol Mitchell is an author, editor, and educator from the Caribbean. She has written eighteen books for children and is the author of the novel What Start Bad a Mornin' (2023). Her short stories have appeared in some Caribbean journals. She holds an MFA and teaches writing in Virginia.

Twitter Username: writewithcarol

Donna Hemans is the author of River Woman, Tea by the Sea, and The House of Plain Truth. Her fiction and essays have appeared in Slice, Crab Orchard Review, Ploughshares, Ms. magazine, and Electric Lit, among others. She is the owner of DC Writers Room, a coworking studio for writers.

Twitter Username: donna_hemans

Kevin Jared Hosein is a novelist and short story writer from Trinidad and Tobago. He has numerous accolades including the 2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize and two of his novels were longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award. His latest novel is Hungry Ghosts.

Twitter Username: kevinjhosein

Tanya Batson-Savage is publisher at the award-winning indie press Blue Banyan Books and its imprint Blouse & Skirt Books. She edited the Caribbean online magazine Susumba's Book Bag. She has represented Caribbean writing on panels at The Miami Book Fair, Festival of Authors, and Brooklyn Book Festival.

Twitter Username: savageinsight

Katia D. Ulysse is a fiction writer. Her works include a novel, a short story collection; poetry and essays have been published in numerous journals and anthologies. She holds a Master's degree in education from Notre Dame of Maryland University and an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

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