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Sunday, April 5 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Marketplace Keynote | What I Never Saw Coming: Imagination & Reality in Publishing and More

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Join us as we explore the theme of "Imagination & Reality" in the realm of publishing and career accomplishments. What might we writers imagine for our lives when we get that book deal, snag that huge fellowship, etc., and what is often the reality of what actually happens, in both good ways and bad? Hear four successful authors tell their stories of the unexpected, as well as concrete tips and advice for us fellow writers.

A light lunch buffet will be served.

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Shuchi Saraswat

Fiction & Nonfiction Writer
Shuchi Saraswat's work has appeared in Ecotone, Tin House online, Literary Hub, Women’s Review of Books, and Quick Fiction. Her essay "The Journey Home" received a special mention in Pushcart XLII 2018 and is anthologized in Trespass: Ecotone Essayists Beyond the Boundaries of Place... Read More →
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Marjan Kamali

Marjan Kamali was born in Turkey to Iranian parents and spent her childhood in Kenya, Germany, Turkey, Iran and the United States. She is the author of the novels The Stationery Shop (Gallery/Simon&Schuster), which was an Indie Next Pick, one of Newsweek’s Best Summer Books, and... Read More →
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Brandon Taylor

Brandon Taylor is the senior editor of Electric Literature's Recommended Reading and a staff writer at Literary Hub. He holds graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Iowa, where he was an Iowa Arts Fellow at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in fiction... Read More →
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Jennifer Baker

Contributing Editor, Electric Literature
Jennifer Baker is a publishing professional, creator/host of the Minorities in Publishing podcast, and contributing editor to Electric Literature. In 2017, she was awarded a NYSCA/NYFA Fellowship & a Queens Council on the Arts New Work Grant for Nonfiction Literature. Her essay "What... Read More →
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Courtney Maum

Courtney Maum is the author of the novels Costalegre (a GOOP book club pick and one of Glamour Magazine’s top books of the decade), I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You and Touch (a New York Times Editor’s Choice and NPR Best Book of the Year selection), and the handbook... Read More →

Sunday April 5, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Grand Ballroom - Mezzanine Level