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Keynote Speaker Lydia Conklin and Rainbow Rainbow


Tuesday, December 8, 2022

4-5pm PST / 7-6pm EST

This event is free and held online via Zoom

Pre-registration required

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2018 Sitka writer-in-residence Lydia Conklin will read from Rainbow Rainbow, their debut collection of short stories. In this exuberant, prize-winning collection, queer, trans and gender-nonconforming characters seek love and connection in hilarious and heart-rending stories that reflect the complexity of our current moment. Along side Lydia, Callum Angus will co-host this keynote speaker event.

Rainbow Rainbow named Most Anticipated Book by Time, Nerd Daily, Lit Hub, LGBTQ Reads, Electric Literature, The Millions and Seahawk

Lydia Conklin: Lydia Conklin is an Assistant Professor of Fiction at Vanderbilt University. Previously they were the Helen Zell Visiting Professor in Fiction at the University of Michigan. They’ve received a Stegner Fellowship in Fiction at Stanford University, a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award, three Pushcart Prizes, a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation, a Creative & Performing Arts Fulbright to Poland, work-study and tuition scholarships from Bread Loaf, and fellowships from MacDowell, Yaddo, Djerassi, Hedgebrook, the James Merrill House, the Vermont Studio Center, VCCA, Millay, Jentel, Lighthouse Works, Brush Creek, the Santa Fe Art Institute, Caldera, the Sitka Center, and Harvard University, among others. Learn more about their writing career.

Callum Angus: is a trans writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He is the author of the story collection A Natural History of Transition, published by Metonymy Press in 2021 and a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award in Transgender Fiction, the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction, and an Oregon Book Award/Ken Kesey Award in Fiction. Callum holds an MFA in fiction from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a BA in geography from Mount Holyoke College, and has taught writing at Smith College, UMass Amherst, and Clark College in Vancouver, Washington.

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