CMDC April 2020

April 24, 8:30am - 10:00am EDT. Hosted at Your house

part of a series on Purpose


About the speaker

Jason Reynolds is an award-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling author. Jason’s many books include Miles Morales: Spider Man, the Track series (Ghost, Patina, Sunny, and Lu), Long Way Down, which received a Newbery Honor, a Printz Honor, and a Correta Scott King Honor, and Look Both Ways, which was a National Book Award Finalist. His latest book, Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, is a collaboration with Ibram X. Kendi. Recently named the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Jason has appeared on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and CBS This Morning. He is on faculty at Lesley University, for the Writing for Young People MFA Program and lives in Washington, DC. You can find his ramblings at JasonWritesBooks.com. Image: James J. Reddington

Maggie O’Neill is a fine artist and Co-Founder of SwatchRoom, the full service design and fabrication company based in Shaw. At SwatchRoom, Maggie oversees design and build-out for customers ranging from restaurants and commercial developers to startups and national brands. Prior to founding SwatchRoom, she ran O’Neill Studios, a boutique decorative and fine art studio for twelve years. Maggie’s fine art is inspired by iconic landscapes, foreign travels, women and fashion, and music. She is a reactionary painter who celebrates color, pattern and texture in her pieces. Her design, decorative work, and fine art overlap regularly, with the belief that all good design should be inspired by art and handmade goods.

I’m Morgan Givens, a storyteller, writer, performer and audio producer based in Washington, DC. (I also help out with NPR and WAMUs 1A). I’m a recent graduate of the Transom Storytelling Workshop where I produced my piece Runaway. Rob Rosenthal, the lead instructor at Transom and the host of HowSound, interviewed me about the piece. I’ve been featured in the Washington Post, Buzzfeed, performed at Story District’s Top Shelf, NPRs Invisibilia and I participated in the 2017 panel on the Art of Nonfiction Podcasting at the AFI Documentary Film Festival. I’m also the creator of the podcast Flyest Fables where I use immersive sound design and beautiful writing to bring back to life the kid in all of us.

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