A Virtual Festival Saturday, March 6 and Sunday, March 7, 2021

Kiese Laymon

Born and raised in Jackson, Miss., Kiese Laymon, Ottilie Schillig Professor in English and creative writing and the University of Mississippi, is the author of the novel "Long Division," the memoir "Heavy," and the essay collection "How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America."

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Scheduled events:
Who Am I, Anyway?
Our stories impress themselves upon us, sometimes more forcefully than expected. Acclaimed authors Nadia Owusu and Kiese Laymon join us to discuss their personal stories about the push and pull of belonging, about race and identity, about home, family, trauma and the courage required to face such challenges.

Citi Stage (Seats 1000)
Sat, Mar 6, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction

Panelists: Kiese Laymon, Nadia Owusu
Moderator: Laura Maher

How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Simon and Schuster
November 2020
ISBN 9781982170820
Paperback, 176 pages
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An American Memoir
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
March 2019
ISBN 9781501125669
Paperback, 256 pages

Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friends of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
University of Arizona - Facilities Management
William & Mary Ross Foundation

Key Sponsors

Early Childhood Learning is Essential
Marshall Foundation

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