Fierce Reads Presents The Many Ways to Tell A Story with Nick Brooks, Amber McBride and Ari Tison, hosted by Doris Allen.
When: February 15, 2023 at 7 PM CST
Where: Virtual via Crowdcast
How: Be sure to save your spot now!
Nick Brooks is an author and award-winning filmmaker from Washington, DC. He is a 2020 graduate of USC's TV and Film Production program. His short film, Hoop Dreamin', earned him the George Lucas Scholar Award and was a finalist in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Film Fest. He is currently in development for his first feature film, We Were Born Kings, with Mandalay Pictures. Before becoming a filmmaker, Nick was an educator working with at-risk youth and many of his stories are colored by his experiences with the children and families of his community. He is also the author of Nothing Interesting Ever Happens to Ethan Fairmont. Follow Nick on Twitter @whoisnickbrooks and on Instagram @officialnickbrooks.
Amber McBride estimates she reads about a hundred books a year. Her work has been published in literary magazines including Ploughshares and Provincetown Arts. Her debut YA novel in verse, Me (Moth), was published in August 2021, and went on to be named a National Book Award finalist. She is a professor of English literature and creative writing at the University of Virginia, and lives in Charlottesville. Twitter @msambsnicole, Instagram @ambsmcbride, tattooeddoves.com
Ari Tison is a Bribri (Indigenous Costa Rican) American and African-descended poet and storyteller. Her poems and short works have been published in Yellow Medicine Review, The Under Review, Rock & Sling, and Poetry's first ever edition for children. She was the winner of the 2018 Vaunda Micheaux Nelson Award for a BIPOC writer with Lerner Publishing. She is the annual broadside editor for the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop, where she gets to collaborate with the Minnesota Center for the Book Arts to bring incarcerated voices into the world. Saints of the Household is her debut novel. AriTison.com
Doris Allen is an African American publishing professional specializing in bringing attention to Black authors and Black-owned bookstores across the country and amplifying Black voices in literature through networking on her Bookstagram account (@OnyxEditions). She conceptualized and spearheaded “Paint this Cover,” an initiative presenting readers the opportunity to envision book covers for authors and booksellers, which was inducted into DeKalb County Library (Georgia) programming. Keeping her ear to the social media streets, in order to find more voices within the African diaspora to champion, is one of her greatest passions. An army brat, she has lived in Germany, New Mexico, Missouri, New York, and Philadelphia. She spent her childhood obsessively reading across genres, writing mandatory book reports for her grandmother about little known Black History (that couldn’t be used for school), and attending her father’s gospel quartet concerts. A tireless advocate for the special needs community, parent of a child on the spectrum, and mentor to parents of autistic children. She currently lives in Queens, New York with her husband and children.