Awp Panel: Labor Of Love: How Literary Organizations Promote Diversity

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S129. Labor of Love: How Literary Organizations Promote Diversity
Saturday, April 11, 2015
9:00 am to 10:15 am
Room L100 B&C, Lower Level

As part of the AWP Conference, Poets & Writers' Director of Readings & Workshops (East), Bonnie Rose Marcus will moderate a panel, Labor of Love: How Literary Organizations Promote Diversity, with directors of four diverse literary organizatons, InsideOut Literary Arts (Terry Blackhawk), Capturing Fire (Regie Cabico) Kundiman(Sarah Gambito) and Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon (JP Howard). Panelists will discuss how the work they do contributes to the larger literary conversation by including otherwise marginalized voices. These organizations offer exemplary models to the field on how to promote diversity within the literary community. Writers, as well as administrators, each panelist brings a passionate approach to the work they do in their communities.


Bonnie Rose Marcus is the director of the Readings & Workshops program (East) and Writers Exchange at Poets & Writers, Inc. She is the author of the poetry book, The Luminosity. She is the recipient of the 2014 Louis Reyes Rivera Excellence Award for Educator Artists.

Terry Blackhawk's most recent book is The Light Between. Her prizes include the John Ciardi Prize and the Neruda Prize. A former high school teacher and 2013 Detroit Kresge Literary Fellow, she is founder of InsideOut Literary Arts, Detroit's acclaimed writers-in-schools program.

Regie Cabico is a former Nuyorican Poets Café Grand Slam Champion and appeared on HBO's Def Poetry Jam and NPR's Snap Judgement. He took top prizes in three National Poetry Slams and co-edited Flicker & Spark: An Anthology Of Queer Spoken Word & Poetry. He teaches performance at the Banff Center & Kundiman.

Sarah Gambito is the author of the poetry collections Delivered and Matadora. She is assistant professor of English and director of creative writing at Fordham University and co-founder of Kundiman, a nonprofit organization serving Asian American poets.

JP Howard is a Cave Canem graduate fellow, Lambda Literary Fellow and alum of the VONA/Voices Writers Workshop. Her debut collection of poetry, SAY/MIRROR, was published by The Operating System in Feb. 2015. JP curates Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon (WWBPS), a forum offering women writers at all levels a venue to come together in a positive and supportive space in NY. She is a recipient of a 2015 Brooklyn Arts Council Community Arts Fund Grant on behalf of her Salon series.
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