Four guest authors will be featured in public events as part of Salve Regina University's exclusive creative writing degree program, The Newport MFA. While on campus, each author will host a public reading from their best-selling works. In addition, for the first time, Salve will make public two Craft Talks (lectures on writing technique) normally reserved for MFA students only. Garrard Conley is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Boy Erased (2016), which has been translated into over a dozen languages and is now a major motion picture. Conley is also a creator and producer of the podcast UnErased, which explores the history of conversion therapy in America through interviews, historical documents, and archival materials. A survivor of conversion therapy, Conley is an activist and speaker, lecturing at schools and venues across the country on radical compassion, writing through trauma, and growing up gay in the complicated South. Conley is currently at work on a novel about queer 18th century lives (due out in 2020).