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Defying Description: Tackling the Many Facets of Identity in YA

March 23, 2013

Program Locations:

Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Margaret Liebman Berger Forum
For ages 13 to 18 years

The 2013 NYC Teen Author Festival presents "Defying Description: Tackling the Many Facets of Identity in YA." As YA literature evolves, there is more of an acknowledgment of the many facets that go into a teenager’s identity, and even categories that once seemed absolute now have more nuance.  Focusing particularly, but not exclusively, on LGBTQ characters and their depiction, we’ll discuss the complexities about writing about such a complex experience.


Marissa Calin
Emily Danforth
Aaron Hartzler
A.S. King
Jacqueline Woodson

moderator: David Levithan