ONLINE ONLY: Beth Alvarado & Kelsey Freeman "Writing Across Difference"

Tuesday, June 08, 2021
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
All Branches
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Local authors discuss how to write about race in a racialized society and the challenges that occur.

Kelsey Freeman and Beth Alvarado first met over coffee to talk about "Writing While White." Both of their then forthcoming books, No Option But North (immersive creative nonfiction) and Jillian in the Borderlands (fabulist fictional tales) take place in Mexico and the US Borderlands. Both books feature the stories of people of color: Kelsey's, people she had met and worked with in Mexico and Beth's, people she had imagined based on people she had known. In this presentation, Kelsey and Beth will ask you to consider the following questions with them: What are the challenges of writing about race in a racialized society like the US, where readers are still largely assumed to be white? How can we try to meet those challenges, both in terms of process and craft? What if we try and fail? What can we do then? And why is it important to make the attempt to write about race?

Beth Alvarado is the author of four books: Jillian in the Borderlands: a cycle of rather dark tales; the essay collection, Anxious Attachments, which won the 2020 Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction; Anthropologies: A Family Memoir; and Not a Matter of Love and other stories, winner of the Many Voices Project Award. She lived and taught in Tucson, Arizona, until she migrated north to Bend. She teaches for OSU-Cascades Low Residency MFA Program and is the recipient of an Oregon Literary Career Fellowship.

Kelsey Freeman is the author of the nonfiction book No Option but North: The Migrant World and the Perilous Path Across the Border (IG Publishing 2020), based on a year of interviewing Central American migrants on their journey north through a Fulbright Fellowship. She has presented and interviewed across the country on immigration policy. Kelsey currently works at Central Oregon Community College, where she runs a college-readiness program for Native American high school students. When she is not writing or teaching, Kelsey serves on the City of Bend Accessibility Advisory Committee, teaches personal finance workshops in Spanish, and spends time in the mountains.

The mission of Central Oregon Writers Guild is to provide Central Oregon area writers a forum for mutual support and education through meetings, annual events and workshops. Their goal is to advance growth and success for individual writers of all genres and at all skill levels. Founded in 2002, the Guild is a non-profit organization, where volunteers coordinate the group's activities.

Central Oregon Writers Guild
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Beth Alvarado and Kelsey Freeman
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