Storytelling is one of the most transformative ways to communicate. Stories can open our minds to possibilities, teach, challenge and comfort us. Who should tell our stories? Is it artist licence or off limits if the stories being told by the author aren’t theirs? Join this important conversation about cultural appropriation in literature.

Date: 22nd February 2023
Time: 6.00pm GMT/1.00pm EST
Location: Online

Our Panel

Sonya Larson
Sonya Larson’s short fiction and essays have appeared in Best American Short Stories, Ploughshares, American Short Fiction, American Literary Review, Poets & Writers, Writer’s Chronicle, Amazon Originals,, West Branch, Salamander, Memorious, The Harvard Advocate, Pangyrus, Solstice Magazine, Del Sol Review, Red Mountain Review, The Hub, and more. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts 2020, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Vermont Studio Center, Ragdale, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the St. Botolph Club Foundation, and more. For 16 years she served as Director of GrubStreet‘s Muse and the Marketplace writing conference and in numerous other roles, and as an organizer for the Boston Writers of Color Group. She received her MFA in fiction from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. She lives in New York City and is writing a novel.

Alberto Reyes Morgan
Alberto Reyes Morgan hails from the Mexicali–Imperial Valley border region. His writings and translations have appeared in Solito, Solita:
Crossing Borders with Youth Refugees from Central America, Michigan Quarterly Review, Husk, Catapult’s Best Debut Short Stories 2021: The PEN America Dau Prize, Texas Public Radio’s Book Public, and other venues. He was the Philip Roth Writer-in-Residence at Bucknell University, the Carol Houck Smith Fiction Fellow at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and the recipient of the Tillie Olsen Award for Socially Conscious Writing. He’s at work on a novel.o

Roianne Nedd
Roianne is an award-winning Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leader and Founder of the Trusted Black Girl Network and Trusted Black Girl (TGB) Circles. The Trusted Black Girl Network and TBG are committed to the advancement of Black women and other women of colour around the world. An experienced HR professional and Chartered Accountancy Fellow, Roianne combines empathetic leadership and role modelling with hard business skills and experience. An avid researcher and campaigner Roianne’s mantra is that she was “Born to Live; Not to Exist” She is also author of the Cracked Cocoon Series of self-help book.

Sabrina Clarke
Sabrina is the founder of Lateral Theory. Lateral Theory is a media and entertainment company. 

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