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Third Thursday: Writing about Citizenship

Writers' League of Texas
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The Writers' League of Texas is proud to partner with Austin Community College and other area organizations on The Big Read, the NEA-funded program community reading program. This April, ACC is hosting a series of events focused on Claudia Rankine's award-winning, bestselling book CITIZEN..

The Writers' League's April Third Thursday panel discussion will dig into the idea of citizenship and the ways that writers approach it in their work as well as the challenges they face when exploring this very personal and often political topic. We'll also give away 150 copies of CITIZEN by Claudia Rankine.

How does identity shape the way people's citizenship is viewed by both the general and reading public? What are the different groups one can be a citizen of? How does one tell a story about moving between different groups? What issues are posed by translation and the ways that stories and poems include multiple languages? How do artists approach stories that disrupt a group's sanctioned or "official" narratives?

Come hear what our panelists have to say about these challenging questions of citizenship:

Dr. Kathleen Brown, a historian and St. Edwards University professor working on a project about anti-war and peace activists (including artists and writers) in California during World War I.

Irwin Tang, author of HOW I BECAME A BLACK MAN AND OTHER METAMORPHOSES and co-author with Dr. Chi Huang, MD, of the nonfiction book WHEN INVISIBLE CHILDREN SING. He is the editor and co-author of ASIAN TEXANS: OUR HISTORIES AND OUR LIVES.

Liliana Valenzuela, acclaimed Spanish language translator of works by Sandra Cisneros, Julia Alvarez, Denise Chávez, Nina Marie Martínez, Ana Castillo, Dagoberto Gilb, Richard Rodríguez, Rudolfo Anaya, Cristina García, Gloria Anzaldúa, and many other writers. She also works as a reporter for ¡ahora si!