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Friday, April 29 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm
3E: Writers of Color Roundtable LIMITED

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Join fellow Muse attendees, authors, agents, and editors to discuss questions unique to writers of color, from both the "muse" and "marketplace" perspectives. We'll discuss craft issues that writers of color may encounter differently than white writers-- such as indicating characters' racial identities, explaining cultural references, italicizing non-English words, and addressing readerly assumptions that are based on one's identity.
We'll also discuss what a lack of diversity in publishing industry means for writers of color. Agents and editors will share their perspectives on how such a writer might best find a home for her work, and the unique challenges she may face in her book's marketing and promotion.
Come for a lively, interesting, and important conversation. We'll begin with prepared questions and will then open to Q&A. Designed for attendees of color, but all are welcome. 

Presenters
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Regina Brooks

Literary Agent, Serendipity Literary Agency
Regina Brooks is the founder and president of Serendipity Literary Agency LLC, based in Brooklyn, New York. She represents a diverse base of award-winning clients in adult and young adult fiction, nonfiction, and children's literature, including: three-time National Book Award finalist, Newberry Honor Winner and the Coretta Scott King Honor and the 2006 Michael Printz Honor Award-winning author Marilyn Nelson; winner of the Coretta Scott... Read More →
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Alexander Chee

Author, THE QUEEN OF THE NIGHT
Alexander Chee is the author of the novels Edinburgh and The Queen of the Night. He is a recipient of a 2003 Whiting Award, a 2004 NEA Fellowship in prose, and a 2010 MCCA Fellowship, and residency fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the VCCA, and Civitella Ranieri. His essays and stories have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Tin House, Slate, Guernica, NPR, and Out, among others. He is a contributing editor at The New Republic... Read More →
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Kaitlyn Greenidge

Author, WE LOVE YOU, CHARLIE FREEMAN
Kaitlyn Greenidge's first novel, We Love You, Charlie Freeman, was published by Algonquin Books in 2016 to enormous critical acclaim. She received her MFA from Hunter College. Greenidge was the recipient of a Hertog Fellowship while at Hunter and the Bernard Cohen Short Story Prize. She was a Bread Loaf scholar, a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace artist-in-residence, and a Johnson State College Visiting Emerging Writer. Her... Read More →
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Emi Ikkanda

Editor, Henry Holt & Company
Emi Ikkanda pursues a diverse list at Holt, and she most recently edited New York Times bestselling author Richard Reeves’s Infamy, about the Japanese American internment during WWII, and journalist Carla Power’s National Book Award longlisted memoir If The Oceans Were Ink, about her journey through the Quran. Her forthcoming titles include disabled comedian and TV star Zach Anner’s memoir If At Birth You Don’t Succeed... Read More →
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Mira Jacob

Author, THE SLEEPWALKER'S GUIDE TO DANCING
Mira Jacob is the author of the critically acclaimed novel, The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing, which was shortlisted for India’s Tata First Literature Award, honored by the APALA, and named one of the best books of 2014 by Kirkus Reviews, the Boston Globe, Goodreads, Bustle, and The Millions. She is currently drawing and writing her next book, a graphic memoir called Good Talk (Random House, 2017).
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Jennifer De Leon

Author, WISE LATINAS
Jennifer De Leon is the editor of Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education (University of Nebraska Press, 2014). A current City of Boston Artist-in-Residence, De Leon was also named the 2015-2016 Writer-in-Residence by the Associates of the Boston Public Library where she worked on her Young Adult novel, Don't Ask Me Where I'm From. Her short story, “Home Movie,” originally published in The Briar Cliff Review, was also chosen as... Read More →
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Celeste Ng

Author, EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU
Celeste Ng is the author of the novel Everything I Never Told You (Penguin Press), which was a New York Times bestseller, a New York Times Notable Book for 2014, and Amazon's #1 Best Book of the Year 2014. She grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Shaker Heights, Ohio, in a family of scientists. Celeste attended Harvard University and earned a MFA from the University of Michigan (now the Helen... Read More →

Staff
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Sonya Larson

sonya@grubstreet.org, Assistant Director
Sonya Larson joined GrubStreet in 2005, and helped to grow the organization from offering 80 classes a year to over 600. Since then she has managed GrubStreet's many and proliferating programs, and served as Program Director for several years. | Now, as the Assistant Director of the Muse and the Marketplace, Sonya oversees the staff, organization, sponsorship, and execution of GrubStreet's annual conference of 800+ writers, guest... Read More →


Friday April 29, 2016 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Terrace Room

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