University of Southern California

Festival of Books 2013

Does Race Matter? Publishing as a Writer of Color: About the Panelists

Prince GomolvilasPrince Gomolvilas (Moderator) wrote the stage adaptation of the Scott Heim novel, Mysterious Skin, and received the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Drama for The Theory of Everything. He writes Bamboo Nation, an arts and entertainment blog, and tours around the country with musician Brandon Patton as part of the storytelling, song-singing, bingo-playing duo, Jukebox Stories. He teaches in the Master of Professional Writing Program at USC.

Oliver MayerOliver Mayer is the author of over twenty plays, including his two newest plays: Fortune Is a Woman, about the life and work of Machiavelli, and Members Only, the sequel to his groundbreaking play Blade to the Heat. The Hurt Business: A Critical Portfolio of the Early Works of Oliver Mayer, Plus is published by Hyperbole Books and Oliver Mayer: Collected Plays and Dark Matters and Other Plays are published by NoPassport Press. Mayer is Associate Professor of Dramatic Writing at the USC School of Dramatic Arts.

Gabrielle PinaGabrielle Pina is an award-winning playwright, novelist and faculty member at USC’s Master of Professional Writing program. Her novels include Bliss and Chasing Sophea. In March of 2012, Pina premiered Letters from Zora in Her Own Words, a play that showcases the artistic and literary triumphs of the life of Zora Neale Hurston. Currently, Pina is hard at work on her third novel, Sweet Sweet Ursaline as well as her second play, Shades of Harlem.

David TreuerDavid Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota. He is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, the 1996 Minnesota Book Award and fellowships from the NEH, Bush Foundation and the Guggenheim Foundation. He is the author of three novels, a memoir and a book of criticism, including The Translation of Dr Apelles, Native American Fiction: A User’s Manual and Rez Life: An Indian’s Journey through Reservation Life. He is a professor in the English department at USC.