Shop Talk with Kacen Callender, Leah Johnson, Adib Khorram and Aaron H. Aceves

Shop Talk with Kacen Callender, Leah Johnson, Adib Khorram and Aaron H. Aceves

July 29, 2020 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Facebook and Youtube Live
Shop Talk with Kacen Callender, Leah Johnson, Adib Khorram and Aaron H. Aceves @ Facebook and Youtube Live

Join us for this wonderful virtual event discussing craft and writing from great authors! This event will be streamed on both Facebook and YouTube live, and will be available for later viewing after the event.

About the Event
Oftentimes, writers from marginalized backgrounds are put on panels in which the sole focus is their identity. In this panel, writers will talk solely about the process of writing: character building, tone, structure, etc.

About the Authors

Kacen Callender’s(they/them) debut novel, Hurricane Child, was the winner of the 2019 Stonewall Book Award and the 2019 Lambda Literary Award, as well as a Kirkus Best Book of 2018. Born and raised in St. Thomas of the US Virgin Islands, they hold a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, where they studied fine arts, Japanese, and creative writing, as well as an MFA from The New School’s Writing for Children program. Kacen currently lives and writes in Philadelphia.

Leah Johnson (she/her) is a writer, editor and eternal Midwesterner, currently moonlighting as a New Yorker. She is a graduate of Indiana University and Sarah Lawrence College, where she received her MFA in fiction writing, and currently teaches in their undergraduate writing program. When she’s not writing, you can usually find her on Twitter, ranting about pop culture and politics. You Should See Me in a Crown is her first novel.

Adib Khorram (he/him) is the author of DARIUS THE GREAT IS NOT OKAY, which earned the William C. Morris Debut Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Young Adult Literature, and a Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor, as well as a multitude of other honors and accolades. His next book, DARIUS THE GREAT DESERVES BETTER, will be released August 25, 2020, and his debut picture book, SEVEN SPECIAL SOMETHINGS: A NOWRUZ STORY will be released spring 2021. When he isn’t writing, you can find him fixing other people’s PowerPoints, learning to do a Lutz jump, practicing his handstands, or steeping a cup of oolong. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where people don’t usually talk about themselves in the third person. You can find him on Twitter (@adibkhorram), Instagram (@adibkhorram), or on the web at

Aaron H. Aceves (he/him) is a Mexican-American writer born and raised in East L.A. He graduated in 2015 from Harvard, where he received the Le Baron Russell Briggs Award after being nominated by Jamaica Kincaid. His work has appeared in Germ Magazine, Raspa Magazine, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, and New Pop Lit. He currently lives in New York, where he is pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Columbia University.