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AWP 2024: Meredith Talusan and Kai Cheng Thom in Conversation with Maya Shanbhag Lang

Friday, February 9, 2024

12:10 pm-1:25 pm Eastern

Grand Ballroom B, Kansas City Convention Center, Level 2 , 301 West 13th St #100, Kansas City, Missouri

AWP 2024

This event will also be livestreamed for paid AWP virtual attendees.

Meredith Talusan is an award-winning journalist and author whose widely praised memoir Fairest was excerpted in the New York Times and selected as a most anticipated book of 2020 by O: The Oprah Magazine. She is founding executive editor of them., Condé Nast’s first-ever platform devoted to the queer community. Kai Cheng Thom is the author of Falling Back in Love with Being Human, the novel Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars, poetry collection a place called No Homeland, and the essay collection I Hope We Choose Love. Talusan and Thom will read from their work, followed by conversation with novelist, essayist, and memoirist Maya Shanbhag Lang.

This event will take place in person in the Kansas City Convention Center and will be livestreamed for virtual audiences. All livestreamed events include open captions and ASL interpretation.

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Meredith Talusan is the author of Fairest, a widely praised memoir which Kirkus Reviews called, “captivatingly eloquent.” It was excerpted in the New York Times and selected as a most anticipated book of 2020 by O: The Oprah Magazine. She is founding executive editor of them., Condé Nast’s first-ever platform devoted to the queer community. She has written features, essays, and opinion pieces for many publications including The GuardianThe New York Times, and The Atlantic, and her fiction is published or forthcoming in GuernicaBoston ReviewEpochThe RumpusGrandCatapult, and BLR.

Kai Cheng Thom is a writer, performance artist, and community healer. She is the author of Falling Back in Love with Being Human, a national bestseller in Canada, and the novel Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars, which was chosen by Emma Watson for her online feminist book club and shortlisted for the Lambda Literary Award. Her poetry collection a place called No Homeland was an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book, and her essay collection, I Hope We Choose Love, received a Publishing Triangle Award. She writes the advice column “Ask Kai: Advice for the Apocalypse” for Xtra.

Maya Shanbhag Lang (moderator) is the author of What We Carry, named a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice and a “Best Of 2020” by Amazon. She is also the author of The Sixteenth of June, a modern reinterpretation of Ulysses that was long listed for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. Lang’s essays have been widely published and anthologized. The American Civil Rights Museum named her a “Woman You Should Know.” Winner of the Neil Shepard Prize in Fiction, she serves as President of the Authors Guild.