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The 2021 Pop Convergence: A Virtual Pop Conference, April 22-25th
Artwork by Alex Nero; Design by The Art Dictator
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Sunday, April 25 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Writing Biographies w/ RJ Smith and Karen Tongson (Room B: Oscillator)

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Writing Biographies w/ RJ Smith and Karen Tongson (Room B: Oscillator)

With support from Critical Minded, the Pop Convergence is expanding our mentorship offerings with seven hour-long sessions designed to assist up-and-coming music writers from underrepresented and marginalized communities. All sessions are now filled for direct participants but this is a public session that audience members are allowed into.

Session Description: This mentorship session examines the process of researching, writing and selling biographies. The session will open out into a discussion with all present regarding issues involved in writing about the arts, for few literary forms support such a sprawl of approaches and voices that both draw and diverge from traditions in criticism, history and personal history writing more than does the biography.

Speakers
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Karen Tongson

Chair, Gender & Sexuality Studies; Professor, English and American Studies & Ethnicity, USC
Karen Tongson is the author of Why Karen Carpenter Matters, and Relocations: Queer Suburban Imaginaries. In 2019, she received Lambda Literary’s Jeanne Córdova Award for Lesbian/Queer Nonfiction for her body of work to date. She is chair of gender & sexuality studies, and Professor... Read More →
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RJ Smith

RJ Smith is the author most recently of American Witness: The Art and Life of Robert Frank (Da Capo Press, 2017). His The One: The Life and Music of James Brown (Gotham Books) was one of the New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2012. The Great Black Way: L.A. in the 1940s and... Read More →


Sunday April 25, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Room B: Oscillator