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Panel Power: Local Leaders Lend Voices to "Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am" 11/7 6 p.m.

The Bold Voices Film Series presentation of Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am on November 7 at 6 p.m. will feature a powerful panel to engage in a critical dialog about the film and its themes. 

Read on for more information about these local leaders!

John Stephenson

John Stephenson is the Founder and Managing Director for the Rhode Island Writers Colony, a two-week writers-in-residence program for writers of color. The Colony’s purpose is to provide momentum; to be an impetus, for men and women fitting the criteria to focus, complete, and polish work; to develop work strong enough to stand on its own. These passionate emerging writers come from a multitude of combination of walks; single, African-American, Caribbean, Mediterranean, Hispanic, Latino, East Asian, Native American, African, married, gay, lesbian, or straight. The Colony has hosted the 2015 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award winner. They hope to host the next Pulitzer Prize winner, Booker Prize winner, or New York Times bestselling author.

Tina Cane 

Tina Cane serves as poet laureate of Rhode Island and is the founder and director of Writers-in-the-Schools, RI, for which she works as a visiting poet. Tina is also an instructor with the writing community, Frequency Providence. Over the past twenty years, she has taught French, English,  and creative writing in public and private schools throughout New York City and Rhode Island. Tina’s poems and translations have appeared in numerous journals including Spinning Jenny,  Tupelo Quarterly, Cargo, Two Serious Ladies, The Literary Review, and Jubliat. Her work,  The Fifth Thought, was published by Other Painters Press in 2008. She is also the author of Dear Elena: Letters for Elena Ferrante (Skillman Ave. Press, 2016), Once More With Feeling (Veliz Books, 2017) and Body of Work (Veliz Books, 2019). Tina was the 2016 recipient for the Fellowship Merit Award in Poetry from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. She lives outside of Providence, RI with her husband and their three children.

Stephanie Fields

Stephanie Fields is a writer, editor, and educator from Northeast Ohio. She received her B.A. in English Literature from The Ohio State University and has worked to provide literacy and creative writing opportunities to students k-12. Stephanie is currently enrolled in Brown University's Literary Arts Creative Writing MFA program. Her work has been published in Blavity, Cleveland Museum of Art, The Establishment, and more. Stephanie is interested in engaging history and fiction in multimodal ways that seek to interrogate the master narrative, and flesh out figures who have gone un-remembered. Her work is heavily influenced by her literary icon, Toni Morrison. Her work and contact information can be found at stephaniemayolee.com

Suzanne Fogarty

Suzanne Fogarty, head of Lincoln School, is a strong advocate of interdisciplinary learning, global education, and community partnerships, and is deeply committed to equity and inclusion efforts. Suzanne has spearheaded Lincoln School’s partnerships with the Rhode Island School of Design, Brown University, Save the Bay, Style Week, The Steelyard, and the World Leadership School. She was named a 2018 Business Woman of the Year by the Providence Business News, one of 2017’s five “Leading Women of Distinction” from the Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England, and one of 11 “Rhode Island Innovator Trailblazers to Follow in 2017” by The Providence Journal. Before joining Lincoln, Suzanne was Head of Berkeley Carroll’s Upper School, during which time Berkeley Carroll was named a School of the Future by the National Association of Independent Schools. Beginning in the summer of 2020, Suzanne will return to her native New York City to become the seventh head of Chapin School.