Presenters: Tina Chang, Ben Fountain, Amitav Ghosh, Mitali Perkins
Moderator: Katie Blanchard
Writers have the distinct ability and platform to distill what is going on in the world today, never shying away from difficult topics but rather presenting them in ways to which we all can relate. Penning works ranging from essays to novels to poetry, they reflect many of the concerns of ordinary citizens and shine a mirror up to the reality in which we find ourselves. With generous hearts and courageous minds, our presenters address race, violence, politics, trafficking, identity, and climate change, and encourage necessary discourse on these timely subjects, thereby allowing readers to validate their opinions or enabling them to change their beliefs.