Writers & Books, Rochester’s home for the literary arts, announces Taking Care in Writing, Publishing & Building Community, a literary conference to be held virtually January 21 – 23, 2022. Kwame Dawes, author of over 20 books of poetry, fiction, criticism, and essays and Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner, will deliver the keynote on Literary Citizenship. Taking inspiration from the Audre Lorde quote, “We can train ourselves to respect our feelings, and to discipline (transpose) them into a language that matches those feelings so they can be shared,” the conference is organized around the premise that engaging with and making literary art are transformational experiences that can offer solace, release, self-knowledge, and solidarity during challenging times. Conference participants will access 25 panels, readings, and one-on-one consultations with 70 authors, poets, and publishing industry experts. Tickets: $195 – $225. Need-based scholarships available.
Kick-Off Event: January 20, 6:30 – 9 pm
The public is invited to attend an admission-free Open House & Book Fair at Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue, Rochester. Conference panelists’ books will be available for purchase, and at 7:30 pm, special guests author Sejal Shah and author/artist Stephen J. West will read briefly, discuss their literary partnership, and sign copies of their co-created limited edition broadside.
Conference Panels, Readings, Workshops: January 21 – 23
Showcasing prominent writers and thinkers, including Victoria Chang, Lennard J. Davis, Omar El Akaad, Rosamond King, Riva Lehrer, Linda Sue Park, Tim Seibles, Mary-Frances Winters, and Leslie C. Youngblood, the conference features pitch clinics with literary agents, panels with editors, and such topics as The Socially Challenged Body, Writing through Grief, War & Peace in the American Imagination, Research-Based Narratives, The Persona Poem, Writing with Intention for Young Readers, The Memoir, Non-Traditional Writing Opportunities, Translation as Activism & Taking Care, and Beyond the Black and White Binary. A full calendar of events can be found here.