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Materializing Literary Community in Physical & Virtual Spaces
When people gather around books and literature, community materializes. This panel features Racquel Henry, Jared Silvia, and Ryan Rivas, who’ve all worked together to create literary community in Central Florida through a wide range of physical (and recently virtual) events. They will discuss the importance of community-building, as well as the nuts and bolts of event-making, providing both the inspiration and tools for you to make your own literary event.

THE PANELISTS
Racquel Henry is a Trinidadian writer, editor, and writing coach with an MFA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She spent six years as an English Professor and currently owns the writing studio Writer’s Atelier, in Maitland, FL. In 2010, Racquel co-founded Black Fox Literary Magazine, where she still serves as an editor and recently joined Voyage YA Journal as Editor-in-Chief. She is the author of Holiday on Park, Letter to Santa, and The Writer’s Atelier Little Book of Writing Affirmations (Writer’s Atelier Books, 2018). Her fiction, poetry, and nonfiction has appeared in Lotus-Eater Magazine, Reaching Beyond the Saguaros: A Collaborative Prosimetric Travelogue, We Can’t Help it if We’re From Florida, Moko Caribbean Arts & Letters, among others.

Jared Silvia is a writer, musician, and video creator in Orlando, FL. His work in fiction, music, and video art all share a sentimental absurdism. He is interested in surreal naturalism, the unconscious mind, and the interaction of sound and light. He runs the Circuit Church electronic music label.

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Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this (publication) (program) (exhibition) (website) do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Jan 7, 2022 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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