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AU Pride Month Author Series – Cris Beam

The Augusta University Writing Project will host eight award-winning and groundbreaking authors representing both literary excellence and LGBTQ+ pride.

Cris Beam, author of nonfiction books on transgender teenagers, the U.S. foster system, and empathy, as well as a young adult novel and a short memoir, will speak June 21 at 7 p.m.

About the Author
Cris Beam is an author and professor in New York City. Her most recent book, I Feel You: The Surprising Power of Extreme Empathy, was published by Houghton Mifflin-Harcourt in March 2018. Her prior work, To the End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care (Houghton Mifflin-Harcourt, 2013), was named a 2013 New York Times Notable Book, was longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Award, shortlisted for the William Saroyan Prize and was a best book on several year-end lists including NPR, New York Magazine and The Boston Globe. She is also the author of Transparent: Love, Family and Living the T with Transgender Teenagers (Harcourt 2007), which won a Lambda Literary Award and was a Stonewall Honor book.

Her young adult novel, I am J, was released by Little, Brown in 2011 and was named a Kirkus Best Book and Library Guild Selection, and is the first book with a transgender character to land on the state of California’s recommended reading list for public high schools. Her short memoir, Mother, Stranger, was published by The Atavist in 2012 and quickly reached the top ten on Kindle Singles. Cris’ work has also been featured in the New York Times, The Awl, The Huffington Post, The Guardian and on This American Life. She’s an Assistant Professor of English at William Paterson University.

All sessions start at 7 p.m. EST.
Register HERE.
Questions? Email Dr. Rebecca Harper at rharper7@augusta.edu.

AU Pride Month Author Series – Mark Oshiro

The Augusta University Writing Project will host eight award-winning and groundbreaking authors representing both literary excellence and LGBTQ+ pride.

Mark Oshiro, an award-winning author, will speak on June 16 at 7 p.m.

About the Author
Mark Oshiro is the award-winning author of ANGER IS A GIFT (2019 Schneider Family Book Award) and EACH OF US A DESERT, both with Tor Teen. Their middle grade debut, THE INSIDERS, is out on September 21, 2021. When not writing, they run the online Mark Does Stuff universe and are trying to pet every dog in the world.

All sessions start at 7 p.m. EST.
Register HERE.
Questions? Email Dr. Rebecca Harper at rharper7@augusta.edu.

AU Pride Month Author Series – Meredith Russo

The Augusta University Writing Project will host eight award-winning and groundbreaking authors representing both literary excellence and LGBTQ+ pride.

Meredith Russo, an award-winning author, will speak on June 14 at 7 p.m.

About the Author
Meredith Russo was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, but now lives in Brooklyn with her awful cat. Her love affair with fiction began on the living room floor at six years old, where she stared at the ceiling and imagined Middle Earth as her mother read The Hobbit aloud. She has been a shiftless degenerate ever since, which is to say a writer. Between her novels and short fiction Meredith has tackled everything from contemporary realism to nonfiction to eco-dystopian cyberpunk, but her focus has been and remains stories of transgender women and girls. Whatever she writes, her oath is that it will always feature a trans woman and that she will not reach an explicitly tragic ending.

Her debut novel, If I Was Your Girl, was a finalist for the Walter Dean Myers Diversity Award, the Lambda Literary Award, and won the 2016 Stonewall Award. She has been featured in multiple short fiction and essay anthologies, and when she gets the stupid thing working again you can find her more experimental short fiction available for free on her website. Her second novel, Birthday, tells the story of a boy and a girl who were born for each other, told over the six years it takes them to realize it.

All sessions start at 7 p.m. EST.
Register HERE.
Questions? Email Dr. Rebecca Harper at rharper7@augusta.edu.

AU Pride Month Author Series – Lev Rosen

The Augusta University Writing Project will host eight award-winning and groundbreaking authors representing both literary excellence and LGBTQ+ pride.

Lev Rosen, award-winning author of six novels for various ages, will speak on June 9 at 7 p.m.

About the Author
Lev Rosen is the author of books for all ages. Two for adults: All Men of Genius (Amazon Best of the Month, Audie Award Finalist) and Depth (Amazon Best of the Year, Shamus Award Finalist, Kirkus Best Science Fiction for April). Two middle-grade books: Woundabout (illustrated by his brother, Ellis Rosen), and The Memory Wall. And two young adult novels: Jack of Hearts (and other parts) (American Library Association Rainbow List Top 10 of 2018) and Camp (Lambda Award finalist, a best book of 2020 from Forbes, Elle, the Today Show, SLJ, Booklist and others). His books have been translated into different languages and sold around the world, and nominated for awards.

Lev is originally from lower Manhattan and now lives in even lower Manhattan, right at the edge, with his husband and very small cat. You can find him online at LevACRosen.com and @LevACRosen

All sessions start at 7 p.m. EST.
Register HERE.
Questions? Email Dr. Rebecca Harper at rharper7@augusta.edu.

AU Pride Month Author Series – Bill Konigsberg

The Augusta University Writing Project will host eight award-winning and groundbreaking authors representing both literary excellence and LGBTQ+ pride.

Bill Konigsberg, award-winning author of six young adult novels, will speak on June 7 at 7 p.m.

About the Author
Bill Konigsberg is the award-winning author of six young adult novels. THE PORCUPINE OF TRUTH won the PEN Center USA Literary Award and the Stonewall Book Award in 2016. OPENLY STRAIGHT won the Sid Fleischman Award for Humor, was a finalist for the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award and Lambda Literary Award in 2014 and has been translated into five languages. His debut novel, OUT OF THE POCKET, won the Lambda Literary Award in 2009. THE MUSIC OF WHAT HAPPENS, released in 2019, received two starred reviews, and has been optioned for a film. His latest novel, THE BRIDGE, was released in the fall of 2020. It has received two starred reviews. In 2018, The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)’s Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN) established the Bill Konigsberg Award for Acts and Activism for Equity and Inclusion through Young Adult Literature.

Prior to turning his attention to writing books for teens, Bill was a sports writer and editor for The Associated Press and ESPN.com. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with his husband, Chuck, and their Australian Labradoodles, Mabel and Buford.

All sessions start at 7 p.m. EST.
Register HERE.
Questions? Email Dr. Rebecca Harper at rharper7@augusta.edu.