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Literary Lunch Break - Stacey Swann, Carrie Fountain, P. Djeli Clark, Annette Gordon-Reed

UPDATE: In case you missed it, you can still watch our conversation with Stacey Swann on our Instagram page. 


Olympus on Thursday, May 6 at 12:30 p.m. CT for our Literary Lunch Break series on Instagram Live. Moderating the discussion is Texas Book Festival’s Deputy Director Claire Burrows. Be sure to follow us on Instagram to join in on the conversation. Don’t forget to mark your calendars to tune in to our upcoming sessions featuring authors Carrie Fountain, P. Djèlí Clark, and Annette Gordon-Reed!

STACEY SWANN holds an M.F.A. from Texas State University and was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. Her fiction has appeared in Epoch, Memorious, Versal, and other journals, and she is a contributing editor of American Short Fiction. She is a native Texan.

CARRIE FOUNTAIN‘s poems have appeared in Tin House, Poetry, and the New Yorker, among others. She is the author of the poetry collections Burn Lake, a National Poetry Series winner, and Instant Winner, along with the young adult novel I’m Not Missing. Born and raised in Mesilla, New Mexico, Fountain received her MFA as a fellow at the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin. Currently writer in residence at St. Edward’s University, she lives in Austin with her husband, playwright and novelist Kirk Lynn, and their two children.

Born in New York and raised mostly in Houston, P. DJÈLÍ CLARK spent the formative years of his life in the homeland of his parents, Trinidad and Tobago. A Hugo and Sturgeon Award finalist, he is the author of The Black God’s Drums and The Haunting of Tram Car 015. His short story “The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington” (Fireside Fiction) has earned him both a Nebula and Locus Award. A Texas Book Festival 2020 featured author, Clark lives in Connecticut.

ANNETTE GORDON-REED is the Carl M. Loeb University Professor at Harvard University. The author of Pulitzer Prize-winning The Hemingses of Monticello, she lives in New York and Cambridge.