Readings: June 14, 2014, 1:00pm – 2:20pm
Book signing immediately following the reading and Q & A.
Books for sale by the Mixed Remixed Festival Official Bookseller Skylight Books.
Krista Bremer’s writing has won a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, a Pushcart Prize, and a North Carolina Arts Fellowship. Krista’s essays have appeared in magazines like O, The Oprah Magazine, MORE, The Sun,Utne, and The Sunday Times (London). Her work has also appeared on CNN and MSN, and she is a regular contributor to National Public Radio.
Krista lives in Carrboro, North Carolina, and works as associate publisher of The Sun. Her memoir about her bicultural marriage, My Accidental Jihad (Algonquin Books), has met great critical acclaim. Eat, Pray, Lovebestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert calls My Accidental Jihad “a bold piece of writing (and thinking) by an incredibly brave woman.”
Crystal Chan grew up as a mixed-race kid in the middle of the Wisconsin cornfields and has been trying to find her place in the world ever since. Over time, she found that her heart lies in public speaking, performing, and ultimately, writing. She has published articles in several magazines; given talks and workshops across the country; facilitated discussion groups at national conferences; and been a professional storyteller for children and adults alike.
In Chicago, where Crystal now lives, you will find her biking along the city streets and talking to her pet turtle. Her debut middle-grade novel, Bird, is published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. She is represented by Emily van Beek of Folio Literary Management. Visit her website for more information.
Chris L. Terry recently relocated to L.A. from Chicago, where he got a Creative Writing MFA from Columbia College. Slate and Kirkus included his novel, Zero Fade, (Curbside Splendor, 2013), on their Best of 2013 lists. Kirkus called it, “Original, hilarious, thought-provoking and wicked smart: not to be missed.” ChrisLTerry.com has links to more of his writing.
Brannon Rockwell-Charland is a multimedia artist originally hailing from Berkeley, California. She recently graduated from Oberlin College where she majored in Africana Studies and Visual Art. She is a Mellon-Mays Research Fellow whose scholarship deals with historical mixed-race media representation, race in contemporary advertising, and post-racialism. Much of her artistic work focuses on visual intersections of queerness, blackness, gender, legacy, autobiography, and mythology. Her photographic and sculptural work has been shown at the Lansing Art Gallery in Lansing, Michigan and at the Edmonia Lewis Center for Women and Transgender People in Oberlin, Ohio. In her spare time, she enjoys stream of consciousness writing, playing the guitar, singing, and mixing lipstick colors to find the perfect shade. She was probably a mermaid in a past life. Visit her website for more information.
Shannon received her B.A. in English and Writing from Southern Oregon University, and her M.A. in English Literature from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her previous publications include a scholarly article in AmeriQuests about the child abductee, Elizabeth Smart, online articles about movies and dating for The Content Cruncher, a twice-monthly column in the SOU student newspaper, and a poem in the online journal Jellyfish Magazine. She currently work as an SAT Prep instructor at HS2 Academy in the Silicon Valley.
Shannon was born in San Francisco to a white mother and a black father, and lived on the famous Haight Street in the 70s. She has dedicated her scholarship to devouring biracial literature from the past two centuries and wrote her Master’s thesis on the role of the black mother and white suitor in the “tragic mulatta” genre. She has previously been an active member of the Bay Area group “Sisters and White Misters,” and is currently in a happy relationship with a Colombian. Visit her website to find out more.