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Mel Perez (she/her)

Mel Perez (she/her)

Librarian

Full time librarian, part time writer and podcaster. Enjoys talking about pop culture and cosplay.

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
YouTube

Redefining Historical Fiction & Romance Representation Ourselves

Despite the popularity of Bridgerton and other historical and romance fiction on the page and on the screen, there is still a considerable gap of representation of Black fans and creatives in the conversation to move the genre forward. Even though many Black creatives have paved the way to represent themselves in these genres, there are still people who question the "historical accuracy" or "realisticness" of Black historical fiction and romance. Join BGC community members and historical fiction author Kaia Alderson for a discussion on finding community with fellow Black fans and sharing their favorite historical and romantic fiction as well as their own creative endeavors!

WATCH HERE!

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
YouTube

So You Want to Start a Podcast

Starting a podcast can seem overwhelming, but it is actually quite manageable! Come to this panel to get tips and tricks on how to start and sustain your podcast.

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12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
YouTube

Divesting From White Fandom

Find a fan of color and they'll tell you a story of exclusion or an uncomfortable fan experience. Fandom can often be an unwelcoming space to people of marginalized identities. This panel discusses the caveats of trying to make white spaces accessible and welcoming, and when it may be more or equally beneficial to put that energy into creating new and inclusive spaces for fans to commune and nerd out.

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11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Freelancing Ain't Free

A conversation about freelancing with Black women writers who've been there. They'll share their experiences and personal insights, and discussing pitching, being published, and getting paid.

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Navigating Fandom Spaces As A Black/NBPOC Fan

Finding community in fandom as Black or NBPOC fans is already a challenge in the large franchise fandoms, but what about finding your space in smaller fandoms? How do you establish yourself as not only a fan but also as a community organizer? What do you do when you're faced with racism or other -isms? This panel is designed not only for panelist sharing but for the audience to ask questions as well.