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Literary Conference – Research-Based Narratives

April 28 @ EST 10:00 am - 11:15 am

Free – $20.00

A hybrid of storytelling and research, research-based narratives offer readers a fresh, exciting, and accessible way of deeply immersing themselves in nonfiction. Join us as three deeply knowledgeable writers share their craft.

Calvin Eaton is a disabled author, educator, public speaker, content creator, and social entrepreneur with experience spanning over 13 years in the field of education. In 2012, he founded The Gluten Free Chef Brand, a health and wellness presence and online community for people who live gluten-free. In 2016, He established 540WMain, Inc., a nonprofit digital antiracist education platform that fosters understanding and change in the realm of racial justice. He has authored three books, most recently, Just Desserts: 40 Step-by-Step Gluten-Free Dessert Recipes.

Michael McGandy (moderator) is the Director of University of South Carolina Press. He has worked in publishing since 2000, and has held positions at Macmillan Library Reference, W. W. Norton, and Rowman & Littlefield, with his most recent appointments being Editorial Director of Three Hills, the trade imprint of Cornell University Press and Senior Editor of Cornell University Press.


Tamara Payne is a Pulitzer Prize-winning co-author of The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X, written with her father, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Les Payne. After earning her bachelor’s degree, Tamara worked at The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour on PBS. She then taught English for two years in China’s Shandong Province. Upon her return from China, Les Payne invited her to work on the book. After her father’s sudden passing in 2018, she made it her purpose to finish his life’s work. In addition to the Pulitzer, The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X won the National Book Award, NAACP Image Award, and The Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center Vanguard Award.

Alicia Puglionesi is a writer and historian. Her most recent book, In Whose Ruins: Power, Possession, and the Landscapes of American Empire (Simon & Schuster, 2022),has been described as “a perfect guide through the strange myths, characters, and environments that best reflect the insidious exploitation inseparable from American dominion” (Michael Pittard, Chicago Review of Books). She is also the author of Common Phantoms: An American History of Psychic Science (Stanford University Press, 2020) and the novella Krall Krall (Cars are Real, 2013). Puglionesi works as a lecturer in an undergraduate medical humanities program, as a researcher and curator and in the production of poems.

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Books by Michael McGandy

Commonplace Commitments
The Task of Criticism
The Active Life

Books by Tamara Payne

The Dead are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X

Books by Alicia Puglionesi

In Whose Ruins: Power, Possession, and the Landscapes of American Empire
Common Phantoms: An American History of Psychic Science

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April 28
10:00 am - 11:15 am
Free – $20.00
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740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
(585) 473-2590


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