AmpLit Fest 2018 Programming

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Moosiki Kids

12:00 - 12:45 pm 

We're kicking off the festival with singing and storytelling from Moosiki Kids! Laura Nupponen and her team will spin yarns, strum guitars, and get you on your feet! A great way to start the day! 

Emerging Writers Showcase

12:45 - 1:45 pm 

At AmpLit, we're dedicated to giving writers at all stages of their careers time in the spotlight, including emerging talents. This showcase will feature 6 new voices sharing exciting new works: Chaya BhuvaneswarKristina Bicher, Chanice Hughes-Greenberg, Julie Ryan McGue, Tonia Pabon, and Rebecca van Laer. Hosted by Katie Longofono. 

Jade Sharma: Problems 

1:35 - 3:00 pm 


"A novel about a heroin addict shouldn’t be this much fun to read," begins The New York Times review of Jade Sharma's Problems. But so it is. Problems brings a messy authenticity to Maya, who's life is unraveling as she pulls the thread. With prose that is comical, vulgar, and biting, Sharma's narrator Maya works through addiction, adultery, anorexia and more, offering blunt truths about the world she sees - and imagines - around her. After reading an excerpt of the novel, Jade Sharma will sit down with Clare Smith Marash to discuss the book and her life as a writer.  


Writers' Workshop 

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Whether you’re a professional or amateur, the two most difficult things to find as a writer are time to work and an audience to give feedback. We’ve got both! Join us for a multifaceted workshop where you’ll get a chance to discuss the craft of writing before getting the juices flowing through prompts and exercises. You’ll walk away with new inspiration, if not a whole new piece in your hands! Led by Madeline Felix.

From Flashpoint to Fatigue: The Life Cycle of a Narrative 

3:10 - 4:10 pm 

In the current political climate, literary communities have been crucial in defining the most difficult conversations of our lives — from mobilizing the "Me Too" movement to making sense of the Trump presidency. Writers are using their craft as political power to discuss — and create — social change, as demonstrated by viral stories like The New Yorker's "Cat Person" and books like Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury. In the span of two days, both stories sparked hundreds of think pieces that both challenged and reaffirmed the original works. In this panel, we will explore every stage of a piece, from conception to rapid responses from the public. What is the writer's responsibility to their readership, and how should we respond to our audiences' reactions? How do editors or curators choose what to publish and add to the conversation, and in what formats? What is the line between curator and gatekeeper? Is this think piece "life cycle" helping us move toward a greater collective understanding of these difficult conversations, or are these futile moves? Featuring Tomi Obaro (Buzzfeed), Natalie Patillo (Pacific Standard Magazine), and Kwame Opoku-Duku (Unbnd Collective). This panel will be moderated by Wendy Lu. 

Summer Reads

4:15 - 5:15 pm

Look no further for your 2018 summer reading list. At Summer Reads, we've curated for you a best-of list of recently published or soon-to-be published gems that will keep you steeped in literary luxury through September. Come hear sneak peeks from Aldrin Valdez (ESL Or You Weren't Here), Dennis Norris II (Everyday People: The Color of Life - ed. Jennifer Baker), Bushra Rehman (Marianna's Beauty Salon), and Laura Esther Wolfson (For Single Mothers Working As Train Conductors.) Hosted by Clare Smith Marash and Sarah Sala.


Lit Lounge

12:00 - 5:00 pm

The Lit Lounge will offer a passive, comfortable, and inviting space to write, read, and engage with Writopia and Writer’s Rock’s jars of writing prompts and game starters. Writopia and Writer’s Rock will also host two workshops throughout the day: family memoir and college essay writing.


For more information of our participants, see here