margins video transcript

Viniyanka Prasad:

Margins is a conference to be held here in Denver August 1st and 2nd of 2020 that is bringing together voices from a diversity of backgrounds, underrepresented communities, and marginalized communities. It’s a space where we’re collaborating so that we can all be seen and heard.

Suzi Q. Smith:

Margins will be happening over 2 days at the Civic Center McNichols Building here in Denver, Colorado. It will include panels, workshops, parties, and a lot of different group conversations that are about building community and navigating the world of literature as a person with a marginalized identity. 

Chris Aguilar-Garcia:

My name is Chris Aguilar-Garcia. I am a writer and editor. I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was a young child. Never found the space to even recognize that there were writers who did look like me.

Katerina Jeng: 

My name is Katerina Jeng, and I am the co-founder and CEO of Slant’d, which is a storytelling collective that celebrates Asian-American identity. I realized that the stories of Asian-Americans weren’t being prominently displayed in the media, and so I think carving out those spaces is very important for writers and artists of color to really thrive and survive in this world.

Suzi Q. Smith:

My name is Suzi Q. Smith. I am a poet primarily and a writer from Denver, Colorado. When no one has been taught to read you, no one’s been taught to understand you, no one’s been taught to see what you create as literature be included anywhere in the canon, it is very difficult for anyone to understand what you’re doing. 

Stephen Brackett: 
My name is Steph Brackett. My performer name is Brer Rabbit. I’m in the band Flobots, and I am someone who believes themselves to be a pop culture activist. If we are already losing the battle of the imagination, then how are we expecting the present and the future to change?

Chris Aguilar-Garcia:

I’m really excited about the Margins conference as a space for marginalized writers, particularly one that does not have structure around either identities or genres. 

Katerina Jeng: 

I’m also just excited to see who’s going to come to the conference and really see this community that is burgeoning and thriving in Denver. 

Stephen Brackett: 

The thing I’m most excited about about Margins is to be able to be in the halls absorbing that conversation, that energy, just to be in there, in an alternate reality, right? I think every time that we get to come together to build that alternate reality, we get to take a piece of it with us when we’re trying to hold on to the candles up against the darkness but knowing that we’re not alone in that.

Viniyanka Prasad:

My name is Viniyanka Prasad. I am the founder and executive director of The Word, A Storytelling Sanctuary. We are thrilled to be collaborating with other local creatives and literary communities here in Denver to be bringing the Margins conference to Denver. These kinds of spaces are so infrequent, they’re so few and far between, and they’re the most needed. We are inviting you to help us make it happen, to join us in the fight for a more inclusive literary space, to fight for a balance in the literary world where so many voices and their imaginations and their truths are shared. 

Suzi Q. Smith:

We believe that every person in the world has an incredible story to tell. Every life has a story, and everyone deserves to be represented in literature. Everyone’s story deserves to be told. We’re inviting you today to help us do that. Help us bring this conference together to help literature become more diverse as we reach out to writers from around the country, and we build literary careers.