Online Event

New BIO Roundtables and a Special YA Biography Event

BIO is introducing two new roundtables for members. These are opportunities for members to meet once a month or so via Zoom to network and discuss their projects. Please contact the hosts to join.

Science biography (including nature and medicine): Gabriella Kelly-Davies

Global biography (to discuss the challenges of writing global and international biography): Victoria Phillips

And the YA Biography roundtable, hosted by Heidi King, is welcoming new members and is holding a special event that anyone interested may join. Contact Heidi

YA and Children’s Literature Roundtable: Thursday, July 22 at 6 pm ET
The next Writing YA and Children’s Literature Roundtable will feature a discussion on trends in children’s literature with Kathy G. Short, professor at the University of Arizona and Director of Worlds of Words: Center of Global Literacies and Literatures, whose work centers around children’s and adolescent literature in a diverse society. Dr. Short will discuss her observations of recent trends in YA/children’s literature with emphasis on children’s biography and what she would like to see more of in the market. She will then be open to questions from the group.

BIO Hosts Online Event with Peniel E. Joseph

Peniel E. Joseph discussed his The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. in a conversation with author and poet Ed Pavlic. You can see a video of the conversation here.

Members of the Biographers’ Circle generously donated to this fundraising event. Gayfryd Steinberg, a member of BIO’s Advisory Council, and her husband Michael Shnayerson organized this philanthropic group in 2019 to support BIO’s fellowships and awards. Once the pandemic ends, Biographers’ Circle events will again take place in private homes.

Peniel Joseph, another member of BIO’s Advisory Council, is a professor in the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin, where he directs the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy. He is the author of Stokely: A Life as well as other books about the Civil Rights Movement. Ed Pavlic is a professor of English, African American Studies, and Creative Writing at the University of Georgia. His most recent publication is a book of poems focusing on racial dynamics in contemporary life, Let It Be Broke.