One's Place in the World

Historic DeKalb Courthouse presented by Creative Flame Media

Saturday, 1:45-2:30

David Mura's consciousness of his own identity is a theme in his book of essays, A Stranger's Journey: Race, Identity, and Narrative Craft in Writing. Poet and essayist Tom Sleigh's desire to be more conscious of his identity by immersing himself in other cultures is a theme in his collection, The Land Between Two Rivers: Writing in an Age of Refugees. Join these two authors as they discuss the roles of consciousness and identity in their craft and work.


David Mura

David Mura is a memoirist, novelist, poet, and literary critic. He has written the novel Famous Suicides of the Japanese Empire and two memoirs: Turning Japanese: Memoirs of a Sansei, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and Where the Body Meets Memory: An Odyssey of Race, Sexuality, and Identity.

Tom Sleigh

Tom Sleigh is the author of 10 books of poetry, most recently House of Fact, House of Ruin; Station Zed; Army Cats; and Space Walk, winner of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. He is also the author of two essay collections, The Land between Two Rivers: Writing in an Age of Refugees and Interview with a Ghost. Sleigh teaches at Hunter College and lives in New York.


Georgia Lee

Georgia Lee, award-winning journalist, editor, writer, and teacher, was the first Director of Ivy Hall, the SCAD Writing Center from 2009 through April 2014. Prior to that, she was the Southeast Bureau Chief for New York-based Women’s Wear Daily and W magazine, where she won awards for business and fashion reporting. A finalist in Glimmer Train’s 2012 New Author contest, her short stories appear in literary magazines, blogs, and anthologies. She teaches It’s Your Story: Stick to it, a memoir writing class at OLLI, a division of Emory University, and conducts writing workshops for groups and private clients. She appears in videos and webinars for the Author Learning Center. In 2009, she launched The Ivy Hall Writers Series, featuring authors such as Margaret Atwood, Richard Ford, and the late Elmore Leonard. She was vice president of programming/community outreach for the Atlanta Writers Club from 2014 – 2017. She is at work on a Southern Literary Fiction novel and a guide to memoir.