Thursday March 8, 2018 from 10:30am to 11:45am at the MARRIOTT WATERSIDE, Second Floor, Florida Salon 6
It’s (Not) All About Me: Personal Writing in an Age of Narcissism. (Krista Bremer, Sy Safransky, Jaquira Díaz, Heather Sellers, Crystal Williams) People who write about themselves are often accused of being self-absorbed, but is that true? Five contributors to The Sun talk about the perils and potential of personal writing. How do you construct a narrative about yourself that touches other people’s lives? We’ll explore the craft of personal essays as well as issues related to class, gender, and race. We’ll also ask: in these fraught times, should the personal also be political?
Now That's What I Call Music!
A dance party sponsored by Kenyon Review, Tin House, and One Story. Featuring DJ sets from Hanif Abdurraqib, Kaveh Akbar, Jaquira Díaz, Manuel Gonzales, Margaree Little, and Claire Vaye Watkins.
Friday March 9, 2018 from 7:00pm at the University of Tampa's Henry B. Plant Park & Reading to follow at 7:30pm, at the Vaughn Center, Board of Trustees Room, University of Tampa
Bullets into Bells: Rally & Reading at AWP
PEN America and Beacon Press are teaming up for a rally and reading calling for an end to state-sanctioned violence. We are joining the call for action in the name of those killed at Stoneman Douglas and at Pulse, in the name of Trayvon Martin, and in the name of every life which has been lost to the epidemic of gun violence in our country. Readings by Richard Blanco, Tara Bray, Jericho Brown, Brian Clements, Jaquira Díaz, Nick Flynn, Rebecca Morgan Frank, Hafizah Geter, Joy Harjo, LeAnne Howe, Adrian Matejka, Jill McDonough, Dean Rader, Christopher Soto, Patricia Smith, Alexandra Teague.
Each poem is followed by a response from a gun violence prevention activist, political figure, survivor, or concerned individual, including Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jody Williams; survivors of the Columbine, Sandy Hook, Charleston Emmanuel AME, and Virginia Tech shootings; Samaria Rice, mother of Tamir; and others.