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The Lehigh Valley Engaged Humanities Consortium (LVEHC) Mellon Grant is happy to announce a series of events led by writer and editor Daisy Hernandez, in collaboration with the Moravian College Writers’ Conference. These events will occur on March 26-27, 2020 at Moravian College, and will be followed by the inaugural Lehigh Valley Book Fest, March 27-29, 2020. Participants are also encouraged to attend Lehigh University’s Notations Writers Panel on “Inspiration and Invention” on Thursday, March 26 at 4 PM.
Writing Towards Community: a talk on memoir, immigration and queer latinidad
Thursday, March 26, 2020
Moravian College and Theological Seminary: Bahnson Center
60 W Locust St, Bethlehem, PA 18018
Daisy Hernandez will conduct a public talk at 7pm on Thursday, March 26th, 2020 entitled “Writing Towards Community: a talk on memoir, immigration and queer latinidad,” which will explore the relationship between writing and the diversity of communities.
Where You Stand: a Writing Masterclass
Friday, March 27, 2020
On Friday, March 27th from 9am-11am, Daisy Hernandez will lead “Where You Stand,” a Writing Masterclass at Moravian College. This event is application-only. Applications are now open through February 21, 2020. Successful applicants who complete the workshop will receive a $100 participation stipend. In this generative writing workshop, participants will read and discuss short creative nonfiction texts focused on how writers navigate their experiences with race and gender. We will use these readings to generate new work of our own that considers how we reckon with the social positions we inhabit in our communities, be it race, gender, age, ableism, and so on – and the fluidity of these positions.
Interested parties can submit an application at: https://tinyurl.com/LVEHCMasterclass
Moravian College Writers’ Conference Events: Diversity of Voices in the Lehigh Valley
Friday, March 27
Moravian College: Haupert Union Building (HUB)
1119 Monocacy St, Bethlehem, PA 18018
9:30-11:00 AM and 2:00-3:30 PM
Open, generative workshops on voice in fiction, poetry, and writing about the immigrant experience with writers Mikael Awake, Jennifer Gilmore, Megan Fernandes, and Ruth Knafo Setton.
11:30 AM-1:00 PM
Lunch and writers’ roundtable on “Voices and the Valley: Writing in, from, and about the Lehigh Valley” with writers Ruth Knafo Setton, Stephanie Powell Watts, Bob Watts, Lee Upton, and more, moderated by Joyce Hinnefeld.
All Moravian College Writers’ Conference events are free and open to the public; registration opens February 5, 2020 at https://www.moravian.edu/writersconference.
Lehigh University the Notations Writers Panel on Inspiration and Invention
Thursday, March 26th at 4pm
The Lehigh Valley Book Fest
Friday, March 27th – Sunday, March 29th
The Lehigh Valley Engaged Humanities Consortium (LVEHC) is a grant generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation through June 2021. The LVEHC fosters exploration of personal, historical, and community narratives that have emerged in the past half-century in the region using methods of the humanities and arts. Guided by a steering committee composed of representatives of a dozen Lehigh Valley academic and cultural institutions, the LVEHC proposes to bring the region’s diversity and sense of place to light, concentrate on the changing nature of the work its residents do, and consider the role of storymaking in documenting the changes that have taken place.
Daisy Hernandez is the author of the award-winning memoir A Cup of Water Under My Bed and co-editor of Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism. The former editor of ColorLines magazine, she has reported for The Atlantic, The New York Times, and Slate, and she has written for NPR’s All Things Considered and CodeSwitch. A contributing editor for the Buddhist magazine Tricycle, Daisy is an Assistant Professor in the Creative Writing Program at Miami University in Ohio.
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LVEHC Mellon Grant Coordinator