Literary Conference

From the Margins to the Center, April 26 – 28, 2024

Nathalie Handal, Keynote Speaker


“This cosmopolitan voice belongs to the human family, and it luxuriates in crossing necessary borders. One of the most important voices of her generation.” Yusef Komunyakaa



Nathalie Handal headlines as keynote speaker at our virtual Literary Conference: From the Margins to the Center, April 2024. Join us online for three days of panels, readings, and workshops with authors, peers, and industry experts.

Return to this page in February – March 2024 for conference details and registration.

Our conference theme takes its cue from poet and Mellon Foundation president Elizabeth Alexander on multivocality:  “The mighty mingling and juxtaposition of many different voices having a say in the arts, culture, and humanities…‘voice’ is not merely a characteristic medium of communication, but also a means to assert a position or call out a dissent, as well as a metaphor for the right to join in a shared undertaking.”

Browse a sampling of panels:

Climate and Grief
Fear, anxiety, guilt, and despair: as climate change upends our world and with more consequences threatening  our societies, we process the psychological toll through literature.

Disability Justice and the Literary Landscape
As expressed by Naomi Ortiz, “Disability Justice is the cross-disability (sensory, intellectual, mental health/psychiatric, neurodiversity, physical/mobility, learning, etc.) framework that values access, self-determination and an expectation of difference. . .To be included and part of society is about being able to be our ‘whole self’ (all of our identities together). Disability Justice includes space for self-care, reflection and hard discussions.”

Translation: Expanding our Horizons
Award-winning poet and translator Cyrus Cassells; Jennifer R. Kellogg, Hellenist and translator of George Seferis; and others.

Reproductive Freedoms
Autonomy over one’s own body is essential for a free and open society. In an era of unprecedented rolling back of women’s rights, writers offer new ways of thinking, feeling, and responding to our current moment.

Writing for Young Readers
Are young readers the audience you aim to inspire? What role can books for K-12 play in promoting critical thinking, compassion, social justice, and self- and planetary-awareness? If your goal is writing beautifully crafted content without compromising your message, don’t miss this opportunity to hear from authors who write books you wish were on the shelves when you were growing up.

4 over 50: Reading & Conversation with Debut Authors
Four mature authors read from their debut books and discuss their journeys to publication.

New Forms in Memoir
The memoir has become a capacious space, flexible enough to accommodate essays, political discourse, inventive narrative, meditative reflection, hybrid work, and more. Critically acclaimed memoirists read brief selections from their work, then discuss the power and potential of this generative genre.