“All fiction writers, regardless of our cultural backgrounds, must acknowledge the privileges and responsibilities that come with the job,” notes Kirsten Chen in “Am I Chinese Enough to Tell This Story?” (LitHub.com). It is important to question why and how we are telling stories, particularly when they lie outside our experience. A group of fiction writers discusses how they grapple with questions of identity, appropriation, and inclusion in the literary world, the importance of initiatives like #OwnVoices, and how we can make sure we’re doing our jobs well.
Panelists: Lisa Ko, Author, The Leavers; Shobha Rao, Author, Girls Burn Brighter; Ivelisse Rodriguez, Author, Love War Stories; Nelly Rosario, Author, Song of the Water Saints
Moderator: Libby Flores, Director of Audience Engagement and Digital Project, BOMB magazine; NYC Director, the Freya Project