Developing the conversation on issues of diversity and pay equity is crucial today, especially in the publishing industry, which employs a large number of women and publishes books and articles for broad and diverse audiences. Four influential voices within the literary world will discuss the necessity of analyzing and documenting the make-up of the workforce, the importance of balanced and equal representation in book reviews, and the need for books to be written by diverse authors with a plurality of narratives to promote literacy and social justice.
Join Amy King of VIDA, Jamia Wilson of Women, Action & the Media, Jim Millot, Editorial Director, Publishers Weekly, Preeti Chhibber, Senior Editorial Manager for Teens & Bookbeat – Scholastic, Sona Charaipotra, co-founder of CAKE Literary, and moderator Jane Kinney-Denning, President WNBA-NYC, as they discuss their work and activism, the progress that has been made, and what still needs to be done. Thursday, April 21, 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Random House, 1745 Broadway
Amy King is the recipient of the 2015 Winner of the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) Award. Her latest collection, The Missing Museum, is a winner of the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize. She serves on the executive board of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts and is co-editing with Heidi Lynn Staples the anthology Big Energy Poets of the Anthropocene: When Ecopoets Think Climate Change. She also co-edited the anthology Bettering American Poetry 2015 and is a professor of creative writing at SUNY Nassau Community College.