Contemporary Appalachian Writing
The Appalachian region of the United States is currently producing some of the most vibrant and diverse writing in the country, bringing voice to an often under-represented populations and voicing concerns outside the stereotypical views of the region. We’ve assembled a group of conversations about Appalachia, Appalachian writing, and the misconceptions which plague this area of the country. Our Series on Contemporary Appalachia is co-sponsored by PEN America.
On Saturday, May 18, at 10 am, editor Meredith McCarroll will join two contributors, Robert Gipe and Ricardo Nazario y Colon, to discuss Appalachian Reckoning: A Region Responds to Hillbilly Elegy.
On Saturday, May 18 at 2pm, Mesha Maren, Carter Sickels, and Michael Croley will discuss writing about the marginalized within an already marginalized population. New Voices in Contemporary Appalachia in the Greensboro Historical Museum Auditorium.
On Saturday, May 18 at 3:15 pm, Carter Sickels, Robert Gipe, and Val Nieman will talk about Environment and Place in writing about Appalachia. Moderated by Dana Coester. In the Greensboro Historical Museum Auditorium.
Writing on Social Justice
Ongoing conversations on Social Justice issues are an essential function in a free society and writing, be it fiction, non-fiction, or poetry is crucial to the continuing exchange of ideas. This year, our social justice conversations focus on human and civil rights and the environment. Each of these conversations will take place at the International Civil Rights Center and Museum.
On Saturday, May 18 at 10 am, we’ll have our annual state-of-the-world conversation, moderated by Allen Johnson of the Greensboro News and Record. The panel will include Rebecca Erbelding, Frye Gaillard, and Rick Van Noy. It’s titled, “The End of the World As We Know It.”
On Saturday, May 18 at 11:15 am, we excited to host Cleveland Sellers and author Adam Parker, as they discuss Outside Agitator: The Civil Rights Struggle of Cleveland Sellers, Jr., the fascinating story of Sellers life within the Civil Rights movement.
On Saturday, May 18 at 2pm, Aran Shetterly will moderate a conversation discussing current civil rights issues and their links to our history. Adam Parker, Brian Lampkin, Robert Lee, and Cleveland Sellers will participate.
On Saturday, May 18 at 3:15pm, Rick Van Noy and Susan Shetterly will consider the current state of our environment and our relationship to it. John Duberstein will moderate.
Writing on Sexuality and Identity
How do we define ourselves? What are the qualities our markers we gather to form our identities? Conversations at Greensboro Bound will consider those questions from the perspectives of culture, nationality and race, and sexuality.
Contemporary Muslim Writing features Krista Bremer leading a conversation with Soniah Kamal and Huda al-Marashi on what it means to be a Muslim writing in America today. Saturday at 10 am in the Triad Stage UpStage Cabaret.
Writing as Intersectional Feminism. Jennifer Feathers leads a conversation on writing from a feminist perspective with Heidi Andrea Restrepo Rhodes, Cassie Kircher, and Michele Tracy Berger on Saturday at 12:30 pm in the Auditorium of the International Civil Rights Center and Museum.
Bill Konigsberg, Brian Belovitch, and Heidi Andrea Restrepo Rhodes join a conversation led by Coen Cauthen on Writing about Sexuality and Identity. Saturday at 2pm in the Triad Stage UpStage Cabaret.
Speculative Fiction is a broad category which includes science fiction, fantasy, and any number of hybrid forms. For this year’s festival, we’ve chosen to highlight women authors in this genre.
The Real and the Unreal
Our first Speculative Fiction conversation will take place on Saturday at 10 am in the Conference Room of the Greensboro History Museum. Michele Tracy Berger, Jamey Bradbury, and Val Nieman will talk about their approach to the genre.
On Saturday, at 12:30 pm, T. Frohock, Sheree Renee Thomas, and Jenna Glass will discuss the joys of fantasy, science fiction, and everything between in the Conference Room of the Greensboro History Museum.
On Saturday at 3:15, Sheree Renee Thomas and Michele Tracy Berger will join Gale Greenlee to talk about Afrofuturism in the Conference Room of the Greensboro History Museum.