Jack Jones Literary Arts is hosting its inaugural writing conference Culture, Too at the Kimpton Brice Hotel in Savannah, Georgia. This five-day conference will end with a public keynote conversation between writer and essayist Kiese Laymon (Heavy: An American Memoir) and Black Lives Matter cofounder Patrisse Cullors (When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir). Authors of two of the most acclaimed books of 2018, Cullors and Laymon will provide invaluable insight into the cultural landscape of America today.
General admission tickets include admission to the conversation with open seating. VIP tickets include a three-course dinner with Culture, Too faculty, fellows, and guests, signed books from Laymon and Cullors, and reserved seating. Tickets can be purchased online.
Culture, Too is a writing conference dedicated to fostering the talents of cultural critics of color. Partnering with Slate, a package of select criticism from the conference will be published in a digital anthology. Culture, Too faculty include: Dr. Imani Perry, professor of African American Studies at Princeton University; Soleil Ho, restaurant critic for the San Francisco Chronicle; Doreen St. Félix, staff writer at The New Yorker; Aura Bogado, investigative immigration reporter at Reveal; and Meredith Talusan, memoirst and a contributing editor at them. The Culture, Too Director of Programming is Vinson Cunningham, staff writer at The New Yorker.
Patrisse Cullors is an artist, organizer, and freedom fighter from Los Angeles, CA. Cofounder of Black Lives Matter and founder of Dignity and Power Now, she is also a performance artist, popular public speaker, and a New York Times bestselling author. She’s received many awards for activism and movement building, including being named by the Los Angeles Times as a Civil Rights Leader for the 21st Century and the Sydney Peace Prize for her work with Black Lives Matter. Patrisse recently completed an international tour for her new book When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir. This year Patrisse teamed up with digital media company blackpills to produce RESIST, a docu-series following her Los Angeles grassroots community’s efforts to stop a $3.5 billion jail expansion plan. In August 2018 Patrisse announced her new role as an adjunct professor at Arizona’s Prescott College where she will teach a course she created that examines, social practice, cultural work, and art impact on community organizing as part of the Social Justice & Community Organizing (SJCO) Master’s degree program. Patrisse is also completing her studies as a 2019 MFA candidate at the University of Southern California.
Kiese Laymon is a black southern writer, born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. Laymon attended Millsaps College and Jackson State University before graduating from Oberlin College. He earned an MFA in Fiction from Indiana University. Laymon is currently the Ottilie Schillig Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Mississippi. He served as the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Nonfiction at the University of Iowa in Fall 2017. Laymon is the author of the novel, Long Division and a collection of essays, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, and Heavy: An American Memoir.