Celebrate Pride Month with author series

Eight award-winning and groundbreaking authors representing both literary excellence and LGBTQ+ pride will talk about literature and life at Augusta University’s College of Education. Registration is now open for the Pride Month Author Series, hosted by the Augusta University Writing Project.

The series is a continuation of the AU Writing Project’s year-long author series, which has welcomed 21 authors to the AU audiences. Dr. Rebecca G. Harper, director of the AU Writing Project, said that extending an author series to focus on storytelling from an LGBTQ+ perspective is crucial to help round out the cultural narrative.

“LGBTQ+ authors and titles are often omitted or underrepresented in classroom instruction and in some libraries. Making certain that teachers are aware of the wide range of award-winning titles and authors that address LGBTQ+ themes and individuals is important,” Harper said.

A lack of inclusive storytelling means that it can be harder for students to connect with reading and literature. It can also send the message that their experiences do not matter.

“Students should be able to see themselves within the literature they read in class. When these voices are not represented, their voices are silenced,” Harper said. “Their stories matter because the students matter.”

“It also presents an opportunity for those in the field of literature and education to engage with the authors in a way that creates classroom bridges,” Harper said.

The author series is free, virtual, and open to the public in order to make these authors and their works more accessible. Registration is open at: Bit.ly/2021prideauthors.

The series will start on June 1 with an appearance by Lesléa Newman, author of the pioneering children’s book Heather Has Two Mommies. Authors include Bill Koningsberg (June 7), Lev Rosen (June 9), Meredith Russo (June 14), Mark Oshiro (June 16), Chris Beam (June 21) and Alex Gino (June 23).

“Each of these authors has been chosen not only because of their literary success, but because of the unique perspectives they can offer as well as their commitment to the LGBTQ+ community,” Harper said.

All sessions start at 7 p.m. EST.

If you have any questions, please email Dr. Rebecca Harper at rharper7@augusta.edu.

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