Nawaaz Ahmed

Nawaaz Ahmed
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Nawaaz Ahmed was born in Tamil Nadu, India. Before turning to writing, he was a computer scientist, researching search algorithms for Yahoo. He holds an MFA from University of Michigan–Ann Arbor and is the winner of several Hopwood Awards. He is the recipient of residencies at MacDowell, Yaddo, Djerassi, and VCCA. He’s also a Kundiman and Lambda Literary Fellow. He currently lives in Brooklyn.

RAW Cafe @ 11:45 am – 12:15 am

Kerri Arsenault

Kerri Arsenault
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Kerri Arsenault is a book critic, teacher, book editor at Orion magazine, nonfiction editor at the Franco-American journal, Résonance, and the author of the best-selling book, Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains, which won the Maine Literary Award for nonfiction and the Rachel Carson Environmental Book Award from the Society of Environmental Journalists. Mill Town was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Leonard Prize. Kerri’s work has also appeared in Freeman’s, the Boston Globe, Down East, the Paris Review, the New York Review of Books, Air Mail, and the Washington Post.

RAW Cafe @ 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Gina Barreca

Gina Barreca
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Gina Barreca has written for most major publications, including The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Cosmopolitan, and The Harvard Business Review. Distinguished Professor at UCONN, as well as winner of its highest award for excellence in teaching, Gina’s written ten books including If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse?; It’s Not That I’m Bitter; and the bestselling They Used to Call Me Snow White But I Drifted.

RAW Cafe @ 4:15 pm – 4:45 pm

Josh Brown
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The purpose of AnUrbanNerd’s art is to show that “your gift is not your own.” Josh Brown used to rap as a joke with his friends but he keep it low key. Now he is comfortable sharing his passion for music and remain his goofy self. He took up the name AnUrbanNerd to embrace what he used to try to hide. Everyone has a gift that they need to share with the world.

Panel Gallery: Revisionist Histories @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

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Victoria Buitron

Victoria Buitron is a writer and translator who hails from Ecuador and resides in Connecticut. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from Fairfield University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Lost Balloon, XRAY Lit Mag, Entropy, Bending Genres, and other literary magazines. Her debut memoir-in-essays, A Body Across Two Hemispheres, is the 2021 Fairfield Book Prize winner and will be available in Spring 2022 by Woodhall Press.

Panel Gallery: Revisionist Histories @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

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Jotham Burrello
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Jotham Burrello is the author of Spindle City, a finalist for the Connecticut Book Award, and longlisted for PEN/Hemingway Debut Novel Award. He teaches writing at Central Connecticut State University, directs the Yale Writers’ Workshop and the Connecticut Literary Festival, curates the Roar Reading Series, and is the publisher of the award-winning Elephant Rock Books.

RAW Cafe @ 2 pm – 2:30 pm

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Nicole Catarino

Nicole Catarino is a senior at the University of Connecticut, pursuing a BA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. Her writing has appeared in The Hartford Courant, and she was both a contributor and an editor for the first book in this flash nonfiction anthology, Fast Funny Women. In the past, she has also served as the Interviews Editor and a fiction panelist for the Long River Review literary journal. 

RAW Cafe @ 4:15 pm – 4:45 pm

Charles Coe

Charles Coe
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Charles Coe is a poet, prose writer, teacher of writing and a musician. He is the author of three books of poetry: All Sins Forgiven: Poems for My Parents, Picnic on the Moon, and Memento Mori, all published by Leapfrog Press. He was a 2017 Artist-in-Residence for the city of Boston and is an adjunct professor of English at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island, where he teaches in the MFA program.

Panel Gallery: What’s Real May Not Be: Fact, Fiction, and Cross-Genre Play @ 11 am – 12 pm

Mary Collins

Mary Collins
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Mary Collins is the author of four adult nonfiction books, five young adult nonfiction books, and many essays. For a look at her first experiment with blending media in narrative nonfiction check out her project on how to improve public discourse, www.TheBronzedProject.com. A Professor of Creative Writing/Nonfiction at Central Connecticut State University, Mary also teaches nonfiction in the Yale Summer Writing Program. 

Panel Gallery: Mixing Forms, Mixing Media: Trends in Prose @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Lilly Dancyger

Lilly Dancyger
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Lilly Dancyger is the author of Negative Space, a reported and illustrated memoir selected by Carmen Maria Machado as a winner of the Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Awards; and the editor of Burn It Down, an anthology of essays on women’s anger. Her writing has been published by Longreads, BOMB, Guernica, The Washington Post, Glamour, Playboy, Rolling Stone, and more. She lives in New York City, and can be found on twitter at @lillydancyger.

Panel Gallery: Mixing Forms, Mixing Media: Trends in Prose @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Anthony D'Aries

Anthony D’Aries
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Anthony D’Aries is the author of The Language of Men: A Memoir (Hudson Whitman Press, 2012), which received the PEN Discovery Prize and Foreword’s Memoir-of-the-Year Award. His work has appeared in McSweeney’s, Boston Magazine, Solstice, Shelf Awareness, The Literary Review, Memoir Magazine, Sport Literate, Flash Fiction Magazine, and elsewhere. He currently directs the low-residency MFA in Creative and Professional Writing at Western Connecticut State University.

Panel Gallery: What’s Real May Not Be: Fact, Fiction, and Cross-Genre Play @ 11 am – 12 pm

Matthew Dicks
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Matthew Dicks is the internationally bestselling author of the novels Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend, Something Missing, Unexpectedly Milo, The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs, Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life through the Power of Storytelling, Twenty-one Truths About Love, and The Other Mother, and the upcoming Cardboard Knight and Someday Is Today. His novels have been translated into more than 25 languages worldwide.

RAW Cafe @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

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Lara Ehrlich
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Lara Ehrlich is the author of Animal Wife, which has been praised by Electric Literature, the Kenyon Review, PANK, Kirkus, and others, including Lit Hub. She is also the host of Writer Mother Monster, a conversation series devoted to dismantling the myth of “having it all” and offering writer-moms solidarity, support, and advice. Lara is the director of marketing for the International Festival of Arts & Ideas based in Connecticut.

Theater Talks @ 4 pm – 5 pm

Trey Ellis
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Trey Ellis is an American Book Award-Winning novelist, Emmy and Peabody-winning filmmaker, playwright, and Professor of Screenwriting in the Graduate School of Film at Columbia University.  Most recently he was an Executive Producer, interviewer, and co-field director for the HBO documentary True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight For Equality, and Executive Producer and interviewer for King in the Wilderness, also for HBO.

Theater Talks @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

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Amity Gaige
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Amity Gaige is the author of four novels, O My Darling, The Folded World, Schroder, and Sea Wife (Knopf, April 2020). Amity is the winner of a Fulbright Fellowship, and fellowships at the MacDowell and Yaddo colonies. In 2016, she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for Fiction. Her previous novel Schroder has been translated into eighteen languages, and was shortlisted for The Folio Prize in the UK in 2014 and for L’Express Reader’s Prize in France.

Theater Talks @ 11 am – 12 pm

Natasha Gambrell

Natasha Gambrell
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Natasha Gambrell is a member of the Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation. In 2015, she graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University with a B.A. in English. In 2017, she was elected as a Tribal Councilor. She is the youngest person to be elected, an accomplishment she is extremely proud of. She is currently serving her second term. She also actively participates with the Archeology Field School Collaborative with UMass Boston since 2008.

RAW Cafe @ 3:30 pm – 4 pm

Molly Gaudry

Molly Gaudry
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Molly Gaudry is the founder of Lit Pub and the author of the verse novel We Take Me Apart, which was a finalist for the Asian American Literary Award and shortlisted for the PEN/Osterweil, and its sequel Desire: A Haunting. Molly holds masters degrees in fiction and poetry from the University of Cincinnati and George Mason University, respectively, and a PhD in experimental prose from the University of Utah. She is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and Literature at Stony Brook University.

Panel Gallery: What’s Real May Not Be: Fact, Fiction, and Cross-Genre Play @ 11 am – 12 pm

Joan Glass

Joan Kwon Glass
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Joan Kwon Glass is the author of “Night Swim,” winner of the 2021 Diode Editions Book Contest. Her chapbooks “How to Make Pancakes For a Dead Boy” (Harbor Editions) & “If Rust Can Grow on the Moon” (Milk & Cake Press) are forthcoming in 2022. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize & the Sundress Publications Best of the Net Anthology. She tweets @joanpglass & her published poems can be found at www.joankwonglass.com.

RAW Cafe @ 11 am – 11:30 am

Marcos Gonsalez

Marcos Gonsalez
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Marcos Gonsalez is an essayist and assistant professor of English living in New York City. Marcos’ memoir featuring literary criticism and cultural analysis, Pedro’s Theory, is out now with Melville House. Marcos’ essays have appeared in Literary Hub, Public Books, Inside Higher Education, Ploughshares, Catapult, ASAP/Journal, The New Inquiry, and elsewhere.

Panel Gallery: What’s Real May Not Be: Fact, Fiction, and Cross-Genre Play @ 11 am – 12 pm

Jose Gonzalez

José B. González
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José B. González is an award-winning author of Toys Made of Rock and When Love Was Reels, and the co-editor of Latino Boom: An Anthology of U.S. Latino Literature. He has been anthologized in the Norton Introduction to Literature, The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States, and Theatre Under My Skin: Contemporary Salvadoran Poetry. A Fulbright Scholar and popular speaker, he is the editor of LatinoStories.Com.

Panel Gallery: Poets on Making and Meaning @ 1 pm – 2 pm

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Benjamin S. Grossberg
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Benjamin S. Grossberg’s books include My Husband Would (University of Tampa Press, 2020), a Foreword INDIES Book of the Year, and Sweet Core Orchard (University of Tampa Press, 2009), winner of a Lambda Literary Award.  He is the Director of Creative Writing at the University of Hartford.

Panel Gallery: Revisionist Histories @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

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Roya Hakakian
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Roya Hakakian is the author of A Beginner’s Guide to America, Assassins of the Turquoise Palace, and Journey from the Land of No, and has published two collections of poetry in Persian. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and on NPR’s All Things Considered. Since 2015, she has taught at THREAD, a writing workshop at Yale, and is a fellow at the Davenport College at Yale.

Panel Gallery: Writing Across Borders @ 3 pm – 4 pm

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Elizabeth Hinton
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Elizabeth Hinton is Associate Professor in the Department of History and the Department of African American Studies at Yale, with a secondary appointment as Professor of Law at the Law School. Hinton’s research focuses on the persistence of poverty, racial inequality, and urban violence in the 20th century United States. She is considered one of the nation’s leading experts on criminalization and policing. 

Theater Talks @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Randall Horton

Randall Horton
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Randall Horton is the author of {#289-128}: POEMS, which won the 2021 American Book Award. Additional honors include the Bea Gonzalez Poetry Award, a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship, and the Great Lakes College Association Award for Creative Nonfiction. Horton is a professor at the University of New Haven, a Cave Canem Fellow and a member of both the Affrilachian Poets and the American Book Award-winning experimental performance group Heroes Are Gang Leaders.

RAW Cafe @ 1:15 pm – 1:45 pm
Panel Gallery: Mixing Forms, Mixing Media: Trends in Prose @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Na-Rae Kim

Na-Rae Kim
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Na-Rae Kim is an Assistant Professor in Residence at the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute at the University of Connecticut-Storrs. Her research examines 20th century neo-imperial exchanges between South Korea and the United States, through which both nation-states began to reimagine ideal citizens as subjects exhibiting transnational sensibilities. She traces these processes via literary, cultural and political representations of Korean labor migrants, Korean Americans, and most recently, North Korean refugees.

Panel Gallery: (En)Visioning Violence @ 12 pm – 1 pm

Frederick-Douglass Knowles II

Frederick-Douglass Knowles II
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Frederick-Douglass Knowles II is the inaugural Poet Laureate of Hartford, CT. His works have been a finalist for the New England Association of Teachers of English Poet of the Year Award, as well as a two-time nominee for a Pushcart Prize. He is a recipient of the Nutmeg Poetry Award and the Connecticut of The Arts Fellow in Artist Excellence. Frederick-Douglass is the author of BlackRoseCity, and an English Professor at Three Rivers Community College.

Panel Gallery: Poets on Making and Meaning @ 1 pm – 2 pm

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Crystal Maldonado
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Crystal Maldonado is a young adult author living in western Massachusetts with her husband, daughter, and dog. FAT CHANCE, CHARLIE VEGA was released on Feb. 2, 2021 with her next novel, NO FILTER AND OTHER LIES, slated for early 2022. By day, she is a social media strategist working in higher ed, and by night, a writer. Her work has been published in the Hartford Courant, Buzzfeed, and Latina Magazine. Follow her everywhere @crystalwrote.

Theater Talks @ 4 pm – 5 pm

Okey Ndibe
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Okey Ndibe is the author of the novels Foreign Gods, Inc. and Arrows of Rain, the memoir, Never Look an American in the Eye: Flying Turtles, Colonial Ghosts, and the Making of a Nigerian American, and co-editor of Writers Writing on Conflicts and Wars in Africa. The New York Times as well as Philadelphia Inquirer, Cleveland Plain Dealer, and Mosaic magazine named Foreign Gods, Inc. one of the 10 best books of 2014.

Panel Gallery: Writing Across Borders @ 3 pm – 4 pm

Monica Ong

Monica Ong
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Monica Ong is the author of Silent Anatomies (2015), selected by Joy Harjo as the winner of the Kore Press First Book Award in poetry. A Kundiman poetry fellow and MFA graduate in Digital Media at the Rhode Island School of Design, Ong’s visual poetry innovates on text+image to surface hidden narratives of women and diaspora. She has recent work featured in Permafrost Magazine, Redivider, ctrl+v, Waxwing Magazine, Asian American Literary Review.

Panel Gallery: (En)Visioning Violence @ 12 pm – 1 pm

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Tochi Onyenuchi
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Tochi Onyebuchi is the author of Riot Baby, the Beasts Made of Night series, and the War Girls series. He has earned degrees from Yale University, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Columbia Law School, and Sciences Po. His short fiction has appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, Omenana Magazine, Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America, and elsewhere. His most recent book is the non-fiction (S)kinfolk. He is a finalist for the CT Book Awards.

RAW Cafe @ 4:15 pm – 4:45 pm

Mark Oppenheimer

Mark Oppenheimer
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Mark Oppenheimer is the author of five books, including Knocking on Heaven’s Door: American Religion in the Age of Counterculture and The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia. He was the religion columnist for The New York Times from 2010 to 2016 and has written for The New York Times Magazine, GQ, Mother Jones, The Nation, and The Believer, among other publications. The host of Tablet magazine’s podcast Unorthodox, Oppenheimer has taught at Stanford, Wellesley, and Yale, where since 2006 he has directed the Yale Journalism Initiative. He lives with his family in New Haven, Connecticut. 

Theater Talks @ 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

Aimee Pozorski

Aimee Pozorski
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Aimee Pozorski is Professor and Assistant Chair of English at Central Connecticut State University.  Her creative work has appeared in the Connecticut Literary Anthology, MERVox, Tiny Seed Journal, What Rough Beast, Paper Nautilus, Bending Genres, and The Twin Bill. She has authored three monographs: Roth and Trauma, Falling After 9/11, and AIDS-Trauma and Politics.  She currently serves as co-executive editor of Philip Roth Studies and lives in New Britain, Connecticut.  

Theater Talks @ 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

Chandra Prasad

Chandra Prasad
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Chandra Prasad is the author of several books, including Damselfly, a female-driven young adult novel used in schools as a parallel text with Lord of the Flies; On Borrowed Wings, a Connecticut Book Award finalist; Death of a Circus, which Booklist calls “richly textured and packed with glamour and grit”; Breathe the Sky, a fictionalized account of Amelia Earhart’s last days; and Outwitting the Job Market, a guide for young jobseekers. Prasad is the editor of—and a contributor to—Mixed, the first-ever anthology of short stories on the multiracial experience. Her shorter works have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Week, New Haven Noir, Teen Voices, and numerous literary, arts, and poetry journals.

Theater Talks @ 4 pm – 5 pm

Anna Qu

Anna Qu
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Anna Qu is a Chinese American writer. Her first book, Made In China: A Memoir of Love and Labor, is out now. Her work has appeared in Poets & Writers, Lithub, Threepenny Review, Lumina, Kartika, Kweli, Vol.1 Brooklyn, and Jezebel, among others. She holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Sarah Lawrence College. Currently, she teaches at New England College and Catapult.

RAW Cafe @ 1:15 pm – 1:45 pm

Ines Rivera

Ines P. Rivera Prosdocimi
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Ines P. Rivera Prosdocimi is a poet, comparatist, and Caribbeanist. Her poetry collection, Love Letter to an Afterlife (Black Lawrence Press, 2018), was a finalist for the 2019 International Latino Book Awards (Best Poetry Book) and the 2019 Binghamton University Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award. Her work has appeared in The American Poetry Review, Caribbean Quarterly, New Letters, The New York Times Magazine, and Small Axe. She is an assistant professor at the University of Hartford.  

Panel Gallery: Revisionist Histories @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

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Ethan Rutherford
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Ethan Rutherford’s fiction has appeared in BOMB, Tin House, Electric Literature, Ploughshares, One Story, and The Best American Short Stories. His first book, The Peripatetic Coffin and Other Stories, received honorable mention for the PEN/Hemingway Award and was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. His second collection, Farthest South, was published by A Strange Object in May 2021. He teaches Creative Writing at Trinity College and lives in Connecticut with his family.

Theater Talks @ 11 am – 12 pm

Nay Saysourinho
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Nay Saysourinho is a writer, literary critic and visual artist. She is the 2020 Rona Jaffe Fellow at MacDowell and a Berkeley Fellow at Yale. In addition to having received the Adina Talve-Goodman Fellowship from One Story, she has been awarded fellowships and scholarships from Kundiman, The Writers Grotto, The Mendocino Coast Writers Conference and Tin House. Her writing has been published in The Funambulist Magazine, Kenyon Review, Ploughshares Blog, Khôra and elsewhere. 

Panel Gallery: (En)Visioning Violence @ 12 pm – 1 pm

Margot Schilpp

Margot Schilpp
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Margot Schilpp teaches at Southern Connecticut State University and at Quinnipiac University. She is the author of four volumes of poetry, all from Carnegie Mellon University Press, the most recent of which is “Afterswarm” (2019), winner of the 2020 Connecticut Book Award in Poetry. She lives in New Haven with her husband, the poet Jeff Mock, and their two daughters, Paula and Leah.

RAW Cafe @ 11:45 am – 12:15 pm

Susan Schoenberger

Susan Schoenberger
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Susan Schoenberger is the award-winning author of A Watershed Year, The Virtues of Oxygen, and 2021’s The Liability of Love. She worked as a journalist and copyeditor for many years, including for The Hartford Courant and The Baltimore Sun, and now serves as Director of Communications at Hartford Seminary, a graduate school with a focus on interfaith dialogue. She lives in West Hartford, Connecticut, with her husband, Kevin. They have three grown children and a difficult dog named Leo.

RAW Cafe @ 11 am – 11:30 am

Joan Sidney

Joan Seliger Sidney
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Joan Seliger Sidney is Writer-in-Residence at the University of Connecticut’s Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life. Her published books are Body of Diminishing Motion: Poems and a Memoir (CavanKerry), Bereft and Blessed (AntrimHouse), and The Way the Past Comes Back (The Kutenai Press). Sidney finished revising her translation of Mireille Gansel’s Maison D’Âme. Four of these poems were nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

RAW Cafe @ 4:15 pm – 4:45 pm

Quan-Tran

Quan Tran
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Quan Tran is a lecturer in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration and American Studies and ER&M’s senior essay coordinator. She earned her PhD in American Studies from Yale University. Her research and teaching interests include critical refugee studies; Vietnamese boat people; Asian American studies; diaspora and transnational studies; comparative ethnic studies; and migration studies. Her scholarly publications appear in the Journal of Vietnamese Studies; Amerasia Journal; and the Journal of Southeast Asian American Education & Advancement.

Panel Gallery: (En)Visioning Violence @ 12 pm – 1 pm

Sergio Troncoso
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Sergio Troncoso is the author of A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant’s Son, a collection of linked short stories on immigration which Luis Alberto Urrea called “a world-class collection.” Troncoso also edited the 2021 anthology, Nepantla Familias: An Anthology of Mexican American Literature on Families in between Worlds, which received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews. A Fulbright scholar, Troncoso is currently president of the Texas Institute of Letters and teaches at the Yale Writers’ Workshop.

Panel Gallery: Writing Across Borders @ 3 pm – 4 pm

Anthony Valentine

Anthony Valentine

Anthony Valentine always explored his interest in multimedia. In fact, he decided to focus his career on social entrepreneurship. Valentine is a creative director/consultant, motivational speaker, director/producer of Shea, a 16-minute drama on Amazon Prime and the founder of KultureMAG; a social emotional learning tool created for classroom use. Valentine’s recent project, On The Car Ride Home, shares with readers and listeners thoughts processed by an EMT during the midst of a pandemic.

Panel Gallery: Mixing Forms, Mixing Media: Trends in Prose @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Rhonda Ward

Rhonda Ward

Rhonda Ward served as the inaugural Poet Laureate for the City of New London from 2017 to 2021. Her poems have appeared in print and online, most recently in Connecticut Woodlands, Cape Cod Quarterly, the nature anthology Waking Up to the Earth (edited by Connecticut Poet Laureate, Margaret Gibson), and online at the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day Project. She co-hosts the annual Langston Hughes Community Poetry Reading now in its fourteenth year. 

Panel Gallery: Poets on Making and Meaning @ 1 pm – 2 pm