Immigration Stories 2018


A Joint Project of Scuppernong Books and the Greensboro Bound Literary Festival

October – November 2018

This series will explore the immigration and refugee experience in America through the lens of writing: fiction, non-fiction, and works for children. We’ll highlight the stories of the immigrant and refugee population as well as the issues, especially as they impact and affect the local community. Immigration Stories responds directly to these issues by providing the community with the opportunity to interact and engage in a series of public readings, panel discussions, and conversations with writers, scholars, and their neighbors.

Greensboro has one of the liveliest and most diverse immigrant and refugee populations in the state and is home, not only to the first civil Rights Sit-In, but to both old and new movements concerned with immigration, including Every Campus A Refuge, The Center for New North Carolinians, and the American Friends Service Committee, as well as the International Civil Rights Center and Museum.




How the Immigration Experience Impacts Our Stories
Authors Panel Discussion with Patrice Gopo, Tsitsi Jaji, Stephanie Elizondo Griest
Moderator: Deonna Kelli Sayed
Wednesday, October 3 at 7pm – Scuppernong Books

Immigration and DACA on the Ground
What is the experience of working legally to immigrate?
Sharon E. Dunmore, Daniel P. Karlsson, Gate City Legal Services
Moises Serrano, Maria G. Cortez-Perez, DACA Recipients
Wednesday, October 10 at 7pm – Greensboro Central Library, Nussbaum Room

There Goes the Neighborhood: How Communities Overcome Prejudice and Meet the Challenge of American Immigration
Ali Noorani, Author and Executive Director, National Immigration Forum
Monday October 22 at 7pm – Scuppernong Books

Children’s Books: Other Countries, Other Experiences
Miranda Paul (One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia) and Baptiste Paul (Adventures to School, The Field) talk about the Immigrant Experience and writing Children’s books from outside the American Culture
Moderator: Gale Greenlee
Friday, October 26 at 5:30 pm – Scuppernong Books

The Immigration Experience in Short Story
May-Lee Chai, Useful Phrases for Immigrants: Stories
Thursday, November 1 at 7pm – Scuppernong Books

Newcomers School Presentation
The Newcomers School of Greensboro provides up to one year of focused instruction for
immigrant and refugee students new to the United States.
A presentation of poetry and fiction from students of the Newcomers School.
Sunday, November 4 at 3pm – Scuppernong Books

Community Dialogue: A Conversation with Local DACAmented Leaders

Wednesday, November 13 at 7pm – Scuppernong Books

With Giovanna Hurtado-Vargas, Endy Mendez, Irving Zavaleta-Jimenez

Greensboro Community Conversation:
Immigrants and Refugees in Our Community tell their Own Stories

With the possible participation of a resident in sanctuary
Moderator: Diya Abdo, Rev. Julie Peeples
Sunday, November 25 at 4pm: Congregational United Church of Christ