Join local writers and activists
Join local writers and activists for a conversation about the #TimesUp movement that has swept the nation as they consider where race does or not fit into it. The conversation will be moderated by Sanderia Faye, author of Mourner’s Bench.
Sanderia Faye serves on the faculty at Southern Methodist University, is an instructor at the 2017 Desert Nights Rising Stars Conference at Arizona State University, and a professional speaker and activist. Her novel, Mourner’s Bench, is the winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in debut fiction and The Philosophical Society of Texas Award of Merit for fiction. She is co-founder and a fellow at Kimbilio Center for Fiction, and her work has appeared in the anthology Arsnick: The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Arkansas. Faye moderated the grassroots panel for the Arkansas Civil Rights Symposium during the Freedom Riders 50th Anniversary and is coordinating the first AWP African Diaspora Caucus.
Sobia Khan is English Faculty and the Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Grant Project Director at Richland College in Dallas. She has published translations of Urdu poetry and short stories in literary journals such as World Literature Today, Secretly Timid, RiversEdge, Reunion: A Dallas Review, Parallax, and Pakistaniaat: A Journal of Pakistan Studies and published in an anthology of Texas women writers, Her Texas: Story, Image, and Song: An Anthology of Texas Women Artists. Recently, Khan’s short story Blue Skies was published in The Margins, an Asian American Writer’s Workshop literary magazine. She has chaired panels and presented at AWP conferences as well. She was a 2015 VONA/Voices fellow in fiction with Junot Diaz. She has received two writing fellowships at the Banff Center for Arts and Creativity in Canada. At the moment she is working on her her first novel.
Michelle Newsome is the CEO and Principal Consultant with Newsome & Associates, LLP. Newsome & Associates is a Management Consulting Services firm focused on sales growth, revenue generation, product development, product management, client experiences, social media initiatives, and community engagement services to sports and entertainment entities. Michelle’s career has a history of successful sponsorship, fundraising, and revenue generation to the Black Sports Professionals leadership team. Michelle has a winning track record of sales and leadership experience as a Premium and Suite Sales Executive in the sports and entertainment industry. She recently spent over fifteen years selling in the sports and entertainment arena, which included selling over estimated $50Million in Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Stars, and third party inventory and sponsorships for American Airlines Center Sports & Entertainment facility. She was a top revenue producer and a member of the 2012-2013 NBA Suite Revenue Award team at American Airlines Center.
Dr. Candice Bledsoe is a SMU faculty member at the Simmons School of Education and executive director of the Action Research Center in Dallas, Texas. Her research explores equity, access, and experience of the underrepresented students in higher education. She has received numerous fellowships including: The National Endowment of the Humanities, the New leadership Academy, National Center for Institutional Diversity, University of Michigan, and Boone Texas Project for Human Rights Education. Dr. Bledsoe received a Doctorate of Education from the University of Southern California. She is a member of the 2017 cohort of Dallas Public Voices.
(Wednesday) 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Wild Detectives
314 W 8th St, Oak Cliff, Dallas