2020 Writers' Festival Guest Authors

Three distinguished authors will be on campus April 2-3, 2020, for Agnes Scott College's 49th Annual Writers' Festival, the oldest continuous literary event in Georgia. The 2020 visiting writers are Lidia Yuknavitch, Tina Chang, and Agnes Scott alumna writer, Anna Cabe '13.



Lidia Yuknavitch is the author of the widely acclaimed memoir The Chronology of Water and the National Bestselling novels The Book of Joan and The Small Backs of Children; the novel Dora: A Headcase, and and a critical book on war and narrative, Allegories Of Violence. She is also known for her TED talk “The Beauty of Being a Misfit”, which has been viewed over 2.5 million times, and her followup book The Misfit’s Manifesto (2017). Her new collection of fiction, Verge, is due out from Riverhead Books in Winter 2020. She founded the workshop series Corporeal Writing in Portland Oregon, where she teaches both in person and online. She received her doctorate in Literature from the University of Oregon. She lives in Oregon with her husband Andy Mingo and their renaissance man son, Miles. She is a very good swimmer.



Tina Chang was raised in New York City. She is the first female to be named Poet Laureate of Brooklyn and is the author of the collections of poetry Hybrida (2019), Of Gods & Strangers (2011), and Half-Lit Houses (2004). She is also the co-editor of the W.W. Norton anthology Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond (2008). She is the recipient of awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Academy of American Poets, Poets & Writers, the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, and the Van Lier Foundation among others. She teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence College and she is also a member of the international writing faculty at the City University of Hong Kong.



Anna Cabe is a Pinay-American writer from Memphis, TN, and a 2013 alumna of Agnes Scott College. She received her MFA in fiction from Indiana University and was formerly the nonfiction editor for Indiana Review. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in such venues as Bitch Media, Terraform, The Toast, SmokeLong Quarterly, storySouth, Joyland, and Fairy Tale Review and has been anthologized in Forward: 21st Century Flash Fiction, Not My President, and Unbroken Circle: Stories of Cultural Diversity in the South. Among other honors, she was the second runner-up in StoryQuarterly's Sixth Annual Fiction Prize and a 2018-2019 Fulbright Fellow in the Philippines, where she worked on a novel.