Rebecca Solnit, Aya de Leon, and Julia Serano, moderated by Chinaka Hodge
In business, disruption speaks to radical change. Similarly, literary disruptors are those writers whose words and ideas spark radical reactions and create game-changing conversations. In this panel, four change-makers come together in conversation about why and how they disrupt, exploring why this orientation to writing effects tangible change.
Aya de Leon
Aya de Leon teaches creative writing at UC Berkeley as director of the Poetry for the People program. Her poetry and essays have appeared in Essence Magazine, xojane, Ebony, Woman’s Day, Writers Digest, KQED Pop, and Bitch Magazine, and on Def Poetry. Her debut book, a feminist heist novel, will be published in 2016.
Julia Serano is an Oakland-based writer, spoken word performer, musician, and activist. She is best known for her book “Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity.” The Advocate placed the book on their list of “Best Non-Fiction Transgender Books,” and readers of Ms. Magazine ranked it #16 on their list of the “100 Best Non-Fiction Books of All Time.” Serano also writes surreal fiction under the pen name Kat Cataclysm, and records indie-pop music under the moniker Soft Vowel Sounds.
Writer, historian, and activist Rebecca Solnit is the author of seventeen books about environment, landscape, community, art, politics, hope, and feminism, including “Men Explain Things to Me,” “The Faraway Nearby,” “A Paradise Built in Hell,” and “River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West,” for which she received a Guggenheim, the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism, and the Lannan Literary Award.