University of Arizona Campus  •  March 14 -15, 2020  •  9:30am to 5:30pm

It's Not Easy Being Me


Saeed Jones, Cassandra King Conroy and Jaquira Diaz all come to the festival with memoirs that are moving to read, but must have been heart-rending to write. Why would they do that to themselves? Someone is bound to ask.


Panelists
Jaquira Diaz

Jaquira Díaz was born in Puerto Rico. Her work has been published in Rolling Stone, the Guardian, Longreads, the Fader, T: The New York Times Style Magazine and has been included in The Best American Essays 2016....

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Saeed Jones

Saeed Jones is the author of "Prelude to Bruise," winner of the 2015 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry and the 2015 Stonewall Book Award/Barbara Gittings Literature Award. The poetry collection was also a finalist for the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as awards from Lambda Literary and the Publishing Triangle in 2015....

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Cassandra King Conroy

Cassandra King is the author of five bestselling novels, "Making Waves," "The Sunday Wife," "The Same Sweet Girls," "Queen of Broken Hearts" and "Moonrise." In addition to two books of nonfiction, she has also published numerous short stories, magazine articles and essays....

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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
Western National Parks Association
William & Mary Ross Foundation

Key Sponsors

Arizona Party Rental Companies
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Early Childhood Learning is Essential
Marshall Foundation
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