July 21 – Leland Cheuk, Yishun Lai, Hasanthika Sirisena in conversation with Jennifer Baker

Three writers discuss their debuts with Jennifer Baker, creator and host of the Minorities in Publishing podcast. How diversity shapes writing and reading for everyone? What does it mean to identify as a writer of color? What are the opportunities or pitfalls of claiming an identity? What can we all be reading, in order to diversify our experiences? Come join the discussion.
Jennifer Baker works as a production editor in academic publishing, is a contributing writer to Forbes.com, and also freelances as a proofreader/copyeditor, story editor for emerging writers, has written for the urban e-zine AroundHarlem.com, and currently writes restaurant reviews for DinnerReviews.com. Additionally, Jennifer is social media manager for We Need Diverse Books, a non-profit organization that sprang to life from the #WeNeedDiverseBooks media campaign to increase minority representation (of all kinds) in literature. And she is creator and host of the podcast Minorities in Publishing.
Leland Cheuk is the author of the novel THE MISADVENTURES OF SULLIVER PONG (CCLaP Publishing, 2015). He has been awarded fellowships and artist residencies including one from the MacDowell Colony, and his work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications such as Salon, The Rumpus, Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, [PANK] Magazine, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Bartleby Snopes, The Margins, and elsewhere. He is also an assistant fiction editor at Newfound Journal. He lives in Brooklyn.
Yi Shun Lai has been a writer and editor for over 20 years. She has written everything from lingerie copy to articles on sports and the environment. She is the nonfiction editor for the Tahoma Literary Review. Her debut novel, _Not a Self-Help Book: The Misadventures of Marty Wu_ is out now from Shade Mountain Press. She lives in Southern California and is on Twitter and the web @gooddirt and thegooddirt.org, respectively.
Hasanthika Sirisena’s work has appeared in the The Kenyon Review, Witness, Bellevue Literary Review, Glimmer Train, Epoch, StoryQuarterly, Narrative and other magazines. Her short stories have been anthologized in Best New American Voices and named a distinguished story by Best American Short Stories in 2011 and 2012. She is a recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo and received a 2008 Rona Jaffe Writers’ Award. She is currently an associate editor at West Branch literary magazine. Her debut short story collection, The Other One, won the 2015 Juniper Prize for Fiction and was published earlier this year.

Leland Cheuk, Yishun Lai, Hasanthika Sirisena in conversation with Jennifer Baker
Thursday, July 11, 2016
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY


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