Roxane Gay

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"You can't be an activist or a writer or a public figure all day long, and I just have to be myself." Roxane Gay, author of the best-selling essay collection, Bad Feminist (Harper Perennial, 2014), talks about Twitter, adapting her novel, An Untamed State (Grove/Atlantic, 2014), to film, and the unexpected pressures of literary fame at the 2016 AWP conference and book fair in Los Angeles.

Francisco X. Alarcón

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As part of "Poetry of Resistance: Poets Responding to Xenophobia and Injustice," a panel at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs' annual conference, held last week in Boston, Alarcón read "For the Capitol Nine," which he wrote in response to a group of students chaining themselves to the Arizona State Capitol on April 20, 2010, to protest the anti-immigrant legislation Arizona SB 1070.

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