Mentors, Muses, and Menaces: How Writers Who Came Before Us Shape Our Work Today

Maroney Theater, 7th floor

There’s no escaping the writers who came before us. They’re the voices we read growing up. They inspired us to write. But these muses aren’t always benevolent guides. They are complicated. They inspire and embolden. They antagonize and belittle. And sometimes they do both. Discover how these writers engage with and resist their greatest literary influences.

Panelists: Michael Arceneaux, Author, I Can’t Date Jesus; Matt Ortile, Managing Editor, Catapult magazine; Harold Schechter, Author, Hell’s Princess; Krystal A. Sital, Author, Secrets We Kept: Three Women of Trinidad; Neal Thompson, Director of Author and Publishing Relations, Amazon, Author, Kickflip Boys

Moderator: Randy Brown Winston, Associate Fiction Editor, SLICE magazine, Creator, Milkshake Scholar

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