Re Centering Lit: Creating Inclusive Spaces In Print And Person

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What is the literary community's responsibility in fighting back against oppression, specifically rape culture, and how can it affect change in the broader world? What is an editor’s responsibility toward equitable representation in its pages and the content of the pieces it chooses to publish? What is an event organizer’s responsibility for creating a physically and psychologically safe space for the community to gather? How can editors and event hosts re-center literature away from the cis/het/white male and create spaces that are inclusive of all?

Re-Centering Lit will be a moderated panel discussion addressing literature and the literary community's roles in fighting oppression. A panel of Pittsburgh editors, writers and event hosts will discuss their own experiences as leaders in the community and discuss what they do--and what we should do--to create safe, inclusive spaces.

Panelists include: Margaret Bashaar, poet and editor of Hyacinth Girl Press; Sarah Shotland, novelist and founder of Words Without Walls at Chatham College; Sheila Squillante, poet, associate director of Chatham's MFA program, and editor-in-chief of The Fourth River; Tameka Cage Conley, literary artist, poet, playwrite and novelist; and Christiane Leach, artist/poet/musician/performer and artist relations coordinator for the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council.

Organized by: Sarah B Boyle, Margaret Bashaar, Marissa Landrigan, Rachel Mennies Goodmanson, and Claire Burgess Springer.
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