Sunday, March 27, 1 – 2:15 PM—Literary Discussion

How do you liberate your imagination and creative voice to tell stories that may exist outside of your personal experience? Can you speak for others without silencing or appropriating their voices or truths? As LGBTQ and BIPOC writers gain greater visibility and access to the publishing world, they face the challenges of the present moment, including issues of authenticity, appropriation, gender representation, racism, misogyny,  transphobia, class, and faith issues. Panelists include Elizabeth Miki Brina, who writes about her Okinawan mother; Maurice Carlos Ruffin, whose latest story collection portrays New Orleanians of many different orientations; and Elena Gross, writer and cultural critic. Moderated by Anne-christine d’Adesky, journalist and author (The Pox Lover).

Hotel Monteleone, Lobby Level, Royal Salon, $10 or Literary Discussion Pass or VIP Pass