Presented by PEN Oakland
Chamber of Commerce: 12:30

Underpaid and undervalued has long been the financial destiny of creative writers. Could it be any different? Is new publishing technology changing the relationship between money and the literary arts? How should writers be paid for their work? Four writers discuss the issues of money and writing.

LUCHA CORPI is an award-winning author of two poetry collections in Spanish, two bilingual children's books, and six novels in English. Her poetry has been translated into German, French, and Italian. Her collection of essays, Confessions of a Book Burner, was published in 2014.

New York Times bestselling writer MARY MACKEY has published 14 novels and 7 collections of poetry, including Sugar Zone, winner of the 2012 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award. She is Professor Emeritus of English at California State University Sacramento.

MACEO MONTOYA’s paintings, drawings, and prints have been featured in exhibitions and publications throughout the country and internationally. He has published three works of fiction, including You Must Fight Them (2015) and Letters to the Poet from His Brother (2014).

AL YOUNG’s books include poetry, fiction, essays, anthologies, and musical memoirs. He served as California’s poet laureate. Honors include NEA, Fulbright, and Guggenheim Fellowships and the 2011 Thomas Wolfe Award. He is Distinguished Professor at California College of the Arts’ MFA in Writing Program.

JOHN CURL (moderator) is the author of novels, poetry, history, memoir, and translations, including Ancient American Poets. Chair of PEN Oakland, he represented the USA at World Poetry Festival 2010 in Venezuela. Jack Hirschman called him "one of the most important revolutionary poets since WW2."