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Festival of Faith & Writing

{panel} Platforms and Privilege

AUSTIN CHANNING BROWN, JEFF CHU, RACHELLE GARDNER, DEIDRA RIGGS
If we publish—or aspire to publish—we write to be read. (Otherwise, we’d journal.) And the reality of the publishing industry is that it obsesses about platform. Who will buy your book? We wish we lived in a world where platforms were built entirely on merit. Truth is, we don’t. Race, gender, sexuality, class, various forms of privilege—all these enter the equation. While our temptation is simply to say #BurnItAllDown, we can’t, and perhaps we shouldn’t. This frank, difficult, but necessary conversation examines the sorrows and joys of our publishing experiences, the possibilities and limitations of platform, the ways in which the business may be changing, our hopes for the future, and the theological implications of it all. 

Earlier Event: February 24
National Student Leadership Conference
Later Event: May 17
GR: Book Signing