How the Immigration Experience Impacts Our Stories
Wednesday, October 3  7pm  Scuppernong Books

Does the Immigration Experience affect the way authors approach writing or what they choose to write about? How does an author find an identity within the experience? Does the current politicalization of Immigrant identity affect what and how authors write? Three authors explore these questions in a panel discussion on Wednesday, October 3 at 7pm at Scuppernong Books. This panel is moderated by Deonna Kelli Sayed.

Diya Abdo is Associate Professor of English at Guilford College. Her scholarship focuses on Arab women writers and Arab and Islamic feminisms. She has published poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. A first generation Paelstinian, born and raised in Jordan, she is the founder and director of Every Campus A Refuge advocating for housing refugees on campus grounds and assisting them in resettlement. Thus far, Guilford College has hosted 42 refugees (23 of them children) from the Middle East and Africa and assisted them in resttlement in Greensboro. For her work on ECAR, Abdo was named a finalist in the Arab Hope Makers Award (2018) and has received service learning and civiv engagement in higher education awards.

Patrice Gopo writes essays about race, immigration, and belonging. She is the child of Jamaican immigrants and was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. Her new book is titled, All the Colors We Will See.

Stephanie Elizondo Griest is the award-winning author of three travel memoirs: Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana; Mexican Enough: My Life Between the Borderlines; and All the Agents and Saints: Dispatches from the U.S. Borderlands,as well as the best-selling guidebook 100 Places Every Woman Should Go.

Deonna Kelli Sayed is an internationally published author, a storyteller, and an award winning podcast producer. She is an interfaith dialogue instigator and a recovering ghost hunter. Her work is published at The Manifestation, AltMuslimah, & Patheos. She produces a literary-themed podcast, A Little Podcast. Her podcast work for Yes!Weekly, OUT IN THE SOUTH, received state and national press awards (2017).

Immigration Stories, a joint project of Scuppernong Books and the Greensboro Bound Literary Festival, will explore the immigration and refugee experience in America through the lens of writing: fiction, non-fiction, and works for children. We’ll highlight the stories of the immigrant and refugee population as well as the issues, especially as they impact and affect the local community. Immigration Stories responds directly to these issues by providing the community with the opportunity to interact and engage in a series of public readings, panel discussions, and conversations with writers, scholars, and their neighbors. For more information, call 336-763-1919.

This project is made possible in part by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide non-profit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.