Laurel Book Store  |  4:45pm–6:00pm
Presented By: PEN Oakland

Bay Area writers who are “targets” of the new administration’s policies on immigration share their voices. Readers include first generation refugees, the undocumented, and others who are marginalized in and by the current political climate.

SARA CAMPOS is a writer, consultant, and lawyer with an MFA in creative writing from Mills College and JD from UCLA.

REYNA GRANDE is an award-winning novelist and memoirist.

MANAR HARB is a poet and visual artist who grew up in Ramallah, Palestine.

ANDREW LAM's most recent book, Birds of Paradise Lost, was a finalist for the California Book Award and won the Josephine Miles award for fiction.

BAHAR MIRHOSSEINI is a lawyer and writer, a VONA/Voices alumnus, and a recipient of Hedgebrook’s Women Authoring Change Fellowship.

DEEMA K. SHEHABI is a poet, writer, and editor. Her full collection, Thirteen Departures From the Moon, was published by Press 53 in 2011.

ELMAZ ABINADER (moderator) is a board director of PEN Oakland. Her latest book, This House, My Bones, was the 2014 Editor’s Selection at Willow Books.