Tommy Orange set his novel about indigenous lives in Oakland, but he is by no means the first or only author to try to capture something about the essence of California or its distinctive urban identities in his writing. This panel brings together creative writers whose work touches in meaningful ways on the magnificent diversity that is California. From poetry to a graphic memoir, their writing helps us see our home (or adopted home) state in a new light. 



Moderator: Hertha Sweet Wong (English, UC Berkeley)


Chiyuma Elliott (author of California Winter League)

Alberto Ledesma (author of Diary of a Reluctant Dreamer)

Karen Llagas (author of Archipelago Dust)

Join us after the panel event for an informal reception with light refreshments and an opportunity to converse with the panelists and your fellow attendees. 

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 15:30
Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall