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Saturday, October 19 • 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Memoir: Seeking the Self

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We are pleased to feature the authors of two of the year’s most electrifying memoirs in this session. Many BBF fans will remember Saeed Jones as the engaging host of the 2016 fiction keynote with Colson Whitehead. He’s back at the BBF with How We Fight for Our Lives, a coming-of-age memoir that “marks the emergence of a major literary voice,” according to Kirkus Reviews. His poetically told story of growing up black and gay in the South reflects on overarching concerns about race, queerness, power, love and grief. Cyrus Grace Dunham’s A Year Without a Name is a searing and honest account of growing up alienated from one’s own body. Coming to terms with no longer wanting be called Grace and then with the decision to become Cyrus was only the first step in their trans experience, one that, as Kirkus Reviews puts it, “defies categorization as much as it defies resolution.” This is sure to be a riveting and powerful convo moderated by Arielle Gray, WBUR’s arts engagement producer for the ARTery. Sponsored by Creative Nonfiction.

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Arielle Gray

Arielle Gray is a Boston-based writer and multimedia artist. Her freelance work has appeared in VICE, Bustle, Huffington Post, Afropunk, and The Black Youth Project. She is also the current Arts Engagement Producer for The ARTery, WBUR’s Arts and Culture team. Much of her work focuses... Read More →

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Saeed Jones

Saeed Jones’s debut poetry collection Prelude to Bruise was the winner of the 2015 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for poetry and the 2015 Stonewall Book Award/Barbara Gittings Literature Award. The book was also a finalist for the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award. Jones's latest... Read More →
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Cyrus Grace Dunham

Cyrus Grace Dunham has written about trans politics and prison abolition for publications including the New Yorker, the Village Voice, New York Magazine, and the London Sunday Times. Their debut book, the memoir A Year Without a Name, has been called by poet Mary Karr “a classic... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 4:15pm - 5:15pm EDT
Church of the Covenant 67 Newbury St, Boston, MA, 02116