Join us on Thursday, July 16th at 5:00pm as we host a conversation with Elise Hooper, Susan Rebecca White, Jasmine Guillory, Jen Longo, and Justina Chen! These women will be discussing the present and future realities of women writers, the ways women writers can empower each other, and ways we can all promote marginalized voices and give credit to BIPOC who haven't been included in the publishing industry.
Elise Hooper is a New Englander by birth (and at heart), but currently lives with her husband and two young daughters in Seattle, where she teaches history and literature. The Other Alcott was her first novel.
Susan Rebecca White is the author of four critically acclaimed novels, including We Are All Good People Here. A graduate of Brown University and the MFA program at Hollins University, Susan has taught creative writing at Hollins, Emory, SCAD, and Mercer University, where she was the Ferrol A. Sams, Jr. Distinguished Chair of English Writer-in-Residence. An Atlanta native, Susan lives in Atlanta with her husband and son.
Jasmine Guillory is the New York Times bestselling author of five romance novels, including The Wedding Date and The Proposal. Her work has appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, and Cosmopolitan. She lives in Oakland, California.
Jen Longo is the author of Six Feet Over It and Up to This Pointe. She holds an MFA in Writing for Theater from Humboldt State University. Jennifer lives in Seattle with her husband and daughter and writes about writing at jenlongo.com. You can also find her on Twitter @JenLiaLongo.
Justina Chen's blood runs through with storytelling. After all, her middle name means illuminate, which is what story does: it throws light on life. Her debut novel, Nothing but the Truth (and a Few White Lies), won the Asian/Pacific American Award for Youth Literature, and her novel North of Beautiful was named one of the Best Books of the Year by Kirkus Reviews and was a finalist for nine state book awards. Justina is also the co-founder of Chen & Cragen and a story strategist to leaders. While her home is in Seattle, she feels at ease wherever she goes so long as she has her coconut black tea, journal, and pen.