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AGGIE Live Virtual Q&A Co-Presented by the Asian American Writers’ Workshop

Saturday, October 10 at 5:00 PM EDT

This Q&A will stream live for free on our YouTube channel.

Q&A panel with prison reform activists / Agnes Gund’s Art for Justice Fund Grantees:

  • Mahogany L. Browne – poet, writer, curator & organizer
  • Adnan Khan – Executive Director & co-founder of Re:Store Justice

Introduction by Tanya Selvaratnam – writer, artist & producer of AGGIE
Moderated by Rachel Kuo – scholar, writer & educator

Mahogany Browne
Photo by Jennie Bergqvist.
Mahogany L. Browne is a writer, organizer & educator. Executive Director of Bowery Poetry Club & Artistic Director of Urban Word NYC & Poetry Coordinator at St. Francis College. Browne has received fellowships from Agnes Gund, Air Serenbe, Cave Canem, Poets House, Mellon Research & Rauschenberg. She is the author of Woke: A Young Poets Call to Justice, Woke Baby & Black Girl Magic (Macmillan), Kissing Caskets (Yes Yes Books) & Dear Twitter (Penmanship Books). She is also the founder of the Woke Baby Book Fair (a nationwide diversity literature campaign) & as an Arts for Justice grantee, is excited to release her first YA Novel Chlorine Sky in January 2021. She lives in Brooklyn, NY. mobrowne.com
 
Adnan Khan Adnan Khan is the Co-Founder and serves as Executive Director of Re:StoreJustice, a non-profit organization he co-founded while incarcerated. Adnan also created FIRSTWATCH, a media filmmaking project produced entirely by currently incarcerated people.

Incarcerated at the age of 18, Adnan was sentenced to 25 years to life under the Felony/Murder rule. While incarcerated, he inspired, launched and worked on the Felony/Murder rule legislation (Senate Bill 1437) with his organization, Re:Store Justice. The bill passed and after serving 16 years, in January 2019, Adnan was the first person re-sentenced under the bill he helped create. Today, he is Executive Director of Re:Store Justice and is continuing his advocacy work nationally as well as internationally.
 

Tanya Selvaratnam
Photo by KK Ottesen.

Tanya Selvaratnam is an artist, a writer, and an Emmy-nominated and Webby-winning producer, who has collaborated most recently with Planned Parenthood, The Meteor, the Vision & Justice Project, For Freedoms, and Glamour Women of the Year. For Aubin Pictures, in addition to AGGIE, she produced What’s On Your Plate? and Born to Fly. She is the author of The Big Lie and Assume Nothing; and her essays have been published in the New York Times, Vogue, CNN, Glamour, and McSweeney’s. FB/IG/Twitter: @TanyaAuthor, tanyaturnsup.com.
 

Rachel Kuo
Photo by Marino Aguas.

Dr. Rachel Kuo writes, teaches, and researches race, social movements, and digital technology. Her current book project interrogates the concept of ‘solidarity’ across old and new media platforms. She is a founder and co-leader of the Asian American Feminist Collective and a current guest editor for World Without Cages at the Asian American Writers' Workshop. rachelkuo.com
 

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