Tags: Gender

Wednesday: Mar 16

Challenge into Change: Storytelling as Healing

Wed. March 16, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM


Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Listen to, and honor, The Women’s Initiative’s Challenge into Change essay contest participants as we celebrate the power of storytelling as way towards healing and empowerment. Laurie Jean Cannady (Crave: Sojourn of a Hungry Soul) will share stories from her memoir. Contest participants will be recognized and the top three award recipients will read from their own work. A book signing and reception follows.

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Tags: African-American, Gender, Health / Mind / Body, Publishing / Books / Writing

Thursday: Mar 17

Reading from Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean

Thu. March 17, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM



100 5th Street NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Adrian Blevins, editor, and Mary Crockett Hill, David Huddle, and Jeff Mann, contributors to Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean, a collection of essays by new and emerging Appalachian writers, will read from their work and talk about speaking back against forbidden subjects in Southern literary culture.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Gender, Southern / Appalachian

Beyond Background Characters: Life in Hyphen-American

Thu. March 17, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM


UVa Culbreth Theatre

109 Culbreth Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Authors Sara Farizan (Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel), Lamar Giles (Endangered), Meg Medina (Burn Baby Burn), and Wendy Shang (The Way Home Looks Now) share stories featuring American immigrant lives and cultural identities. Moderated by Bert Ashe (Twisted: My Dreadlock Chronicles).

NOTE: This program is FREE, although tickets are required. Please click the Buy Ticket button on the program page to reserve your tickets.

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Tags: African-American, Fiction, Gender, Headliners, Language / Culture / Folklife, StoryFest / Youth

Friday: Mar 18