Chamber of Commerce  |  11:00am–12:15pm
Presented By: PEN OAKLAND

What is the future of the American experiment? Collapse? Dystopian despair? Nativist strongmen and warlords? Or is a better world still available? Is social justice even possible in the USA? And what is “social justice” anyway?

JOHN CURL is the author of novels, poetry, history, memoir, and translations, including Ancient American Poets. Former Board Chair of PEN Oakland, he represented the USA at World Poetry Festival 2010 in Venezuela.

TENNESSEE REED is the author of seven poetry collections, a memoir and a novel. She is the Secretary/Treasurer of PEN Oakland and the managing editor of Konch Magazine.

FLOYD SALAS is an award-winning author of eight books, including the Oakland-based memoir Buffalo Nickel. He was Regent’s Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley and the recipient of the California Arts Council, Rockefeller Foundation, NEA, and Eugene F. Saxton fellowships. He is the President of PEN Oakland.

TONY R. RODRIGUEZ (moderator) is the Board Chair of PEN Oakland and novelist of five books, including the best-selling Under These Stars. His novels have been published in Scotland and the United States of America.