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Session 2: Saturday, June 2nd: 12:00 - 1:50pm
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A winning strategy requires powerful narratives. How can fiction expand our sense of the possible? The CIA channeled funds to the Iowa Writers Workshop in the 1960s and 70s to limit the subversive potential of literature. How are today’s activist-minded writers creating stories that can break through the demoralization resulting from the fragmentation of the Left and resurgence of the Ultra-Right? How do writers weave the personal and the political into stories to "make the revolution irresistible"?


Kate Raphael is a writer, activist, radio producer and wage slave in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her Palestine mystery series, the first English language mystery series with a Palestinian policewoman as a protagonist, has won the Inddpendent Publisher's Book Award, and been named a finalist... Read more
Aya de Leon is a novelist and director of the Poetry for the People program at UC Berkeley. Kensington Books publishes her feminist heist series, Justice Hustlers: UPTOWN THIEF in 2016 (winner of Independent Publisher and International Latino Book Awards), THE BOSS in 2017, and THE ACCIDENTAL... Read more
Céline Keating is the author of novels Play for Me and Layla and the coeditor of On Montauk: A Literary Celebration. Keating’s themes include an interest in the arts, activism, and the environment. Her short fiction has been published in many literary journals, such as Prairie Schooner, Santa... Read more
Jimin Han teaches at The Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College. She was born in Seoul, Korea and grew up in New York, Rhode Island, and Ohio. She attended Cornell University as an undergraduate and earned an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. Her writing can be found online at NPR’s “Weekend... Read more