Award-winning essayist Margaret Renkl will join Rural Assembly Everywhere as the first keynote speaker at the two-day virtual festival this April. Renkl and the Rural Assembly’s Whitney Kimball Coe will discuss the shifting culture and demographics in the South, how we stay connected to one another in this time of deep division, and Renkl’s 2019 essay collection Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss. The live event will kick off Rural Assembly Everywhere at 2 p.m. ET on April 20 and will feature a question and answer session with viewers. Register here!