The Desert Nights, Rising Stars
Writers Conference

Conference Schedule 2019

Conference Schedule 2019

Friday, February 22, 2019, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Literary Citizenship Panel: Craft as Culture with Kirstin Chen, Bill Konigsberg, Jennine Capó Crucet, Matthew Salesses, Jake Friedman

Date(s): Friday, February 22, 2019, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Carson Ballroom, Old Main (view map)
Genre and Form(s): Community, Social Justice, Social Practice, Writing Life

About the Session

We often think about mass media and journalism in the context of social responsibility: what and how news is covered, as well as accuracy and objectivity. What about literature? Do writers have a responsibility to engage with critical societal issues or movements? What brings a writer to feel compelled to use their art as social commentary or activism? How do race, class, and other social categories affect our lives and lead us toward certain subject matter or genre? Can creativity even be obligated at all? Join authors Kirstin Chen, Bill Konigsberg, Jennine Capó Crucet, and Matthew Salesses as they explore these ideas and share their understanding of what being a good literary citizen means.

Meet the Presenter(s)

Desert Nights Rising Stars Writers Conference Faculty 2019 Kirsten Chen
Kirstin Chen's new novel, Bury What We Cannot Take (Little A, March 2018), has been named a Most Anticipated Upcoming Book by Electric Literature, The Millions, The Rumpus, Harper’s Bazaar, and InStyle, among others. She is also the author of Soy Sauce for Beginners.
Desert Nights Rising Stars Writers Conference Faculty 2019 Bill Konigsberg

Bill Konigsberg is the award-winning author of five young adult novels, including The Porcupine of Truth, which won the PEN Center USA Literary Award and the Stonewall Book Award in 2016, and Openly Straight, which won the Sid Fleischman Award for Humor, and was a finalist for the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award and Lambda Literary Award in 2014 and has been translated into five languages.

Desert Nights Rising Stars Writers Conference Faculty 2019 Jennine Capó Crucet
Jennine Capó Crucet is a novelist, essayist, and a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times. Her novel Make Your Home Among Strangers was the winner of the International Latino Book Award, a New York Times Editor's Choice book, and was cited as a best book of the year by NBC Latino, the Guardian, and the Miami Herald.
Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference 2019 Faculty Matthew Salesses

Matthew Salesses is the author of the novel The Hundred-Year Flood (Little A/Amazon Publishing), an Amazon Bestseller, Best Book of September, and Kindle First pick; an Adoptive Families Best Book of 2015; a Millions Most Anticipated of 2015; a Thought Catalog Essential Contemporary Book by an Asian American Writer; and a Best Book of the season at Buzzfeed, Refinery29, and Gawker, among others. Forthcoming are a new novel, Disappear Doppelgänger Disappear (Little A, 2020), and a collection of essays, Own Story (Little A, 2021).

Picture of Jake Friedman

Jake Friedman currently serves as the Coordinator Senior for the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, where he is responsible for managing various projects, partnerships, and other literary events and programs under the direction of Alberto Ríos. Prior to that, he served as the Marketing and Outreach Specialist and, prior to that, a Coordinator. He joined the Piper Center in August of 2016.