For your feminist appetite I have complied a savory dish of 2014 AWP Seattle feminist panels. How, you ask, do I know these are feminist panels, when few of them self-identify as feminist? Well, identify, rather, identity is going to be the key term here.
This year VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts will be your go-to site for all panels and events relating to women’s writing. For my new position as Web Assistant within VIDA I collected, with Cate Marvin, and posted over 60 panels and events dedicated to women’s and sexual identity-focused writing and communities, so definitely take advantage of that resource! And so not to duplicate work, I took on the challenge of a slightly different approach to the AWP Feminist Panels Guide this year.
Exciting (and daunting, yes–I need more sets of bodies to sit in on all these panels!) was the shear volume of panels and events driven by a feminist and self-empowerment mission. Last year, I gathered for you a list of 15 panels. In part I had to a goal to avoid a totally overwhelming list, but even with my rather loose restriction there were not as nearly as many feminist, sexual identity, women’s-focused panels to pick from. This year, you are saturated in feminist love. What I need to find out next is the ratio of feminist panels to the over-all total of panels, and if I would use AWP’s schedule search function (moderators were given the opportunity to check mark advanced search options to help users identity their panel) to count that ratio, or what. Next project, post-AWP.
This year in addition to VIDA’s event calendar, I collected 37 panels that focus on identity and identifying, an aspect of feminism I’ve been wanting to think through more carefully. These panels question ready-made conceptions of the “type of” people we are, and work toward processing how we then consume or react against that packaged identity. These panels ask us to question how we intuitively (sometimes to a stereotypical fault) categorize others thinking the way we perceive them acting is “natural” before we really think about what “natural” means, before we really think of the human being that “other” is. I’m imagining the conversations, here, will encourage thought and discussion on intersectionality, otherness, and empathy, which is solidly feminism.
There’s a lot to choose from, and a lot of overlap. Eat your heart out, and download your copy here..
10:30am-11:45am Come Talk Story: Hawai`i Writers on Place, Politics, and Da Kine. (Kristiana Kahakauwila, Keala Francis, Robert Barclay) Room 611, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
10:30am-11:45am Courting the Peculiar: the Ever-Changing Queerness of Creative Nonfiction . (Ames Hawkins, Barrie Jean Borich, Mary Cappello, K. Bradford) Room 3B, Washington State Convention Center, Level 2
10:30am-11:45am Translating Radical Women Poets. (Stefania Heim, Don Mee Choi, Jen Hofer, Jennifer Scappettone, Jennifer Kronovet) Room 611, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
12:00pm-1:15pm Writing the Monster Body.(Carrie Shipers, Andrea Scarpino, Aaron Link, Kwame Dawes, Emily Danforth) Room 304, Western New England MFA Annex, Level 3
1:30pm-2:45pm You Can’t Go Home Again: Post-Iraq Assimilation, Trauma, and Narrative Art (Arna Bontemps Hemenway, Roy Scranton, David J. Morris, Philip Klay) Room 609, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
1:30pm-2:45pm The Author’s Children: The Intersection of Art, Advocacy, and Ethics in Writing About Your Kids. (Zoe Zolbrod, Jillian Lauren, Ben Tanzer, Claire Dederer, Kerry Cohen) Redwood Room, Sheraton Seattle, 2nd Floor
1:30pm-2:45pm Development of Community-Based Creative Writing Programs in the Inland Northwest. (Tami Haaland, Danell Jones, Dave Caserio, Amelia McDanel, Ashley Warren) Room 400, Washington State Convention Center, Level 4
1:30pm-2:45pm Writers and Dads: A Reconciliation. (Ande Davis, Luke Rolfes, Eric McHenry, Matt Porubsky) Room 607, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
3:00pm-4:15pm What’s Luso Got To Do With It?. (Paula Neves, Jarita Davis, Melissa da Silveira Serpa, Marie Carvalho, Amy Sayre Baptista) Aspen Room, Sheraton Seattle, 2nd Floor
3:00pm-4:15pm Power and Page Count: Publishing the Other Gender. (Susan Yount, Kelly Boyker, Kristy Bowen, Margaret Bashaar) Room 101, Western New England MFA Annex, Level 1
3:00pm-4:15pm Writing Through Race. (Santee Frazier, David Lau, T. Geronimo Johnson, Benjamin Hale, Shane Book) Room 2B, Washington State Convention Center, Level 2
3:00pm-4:15pm GLBTQ Caucus. (Darrian Thomas, Judy Meiksin, Danielle Stanard, Matthew Haynes) Room 611, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
3:00pm-4:15pm Literary Matriarchs: Thinking Through Our (Writerly) Mothers. (Karen Brennan, Antonya Nelson, Alix Ohlin, Nina Swamidoss McConigley, Robin Romm) Room 301, Western New England MFA Annex, Level 3
3:00pm to 4:15pm The Narration of Identity and the Cuban-American Experience with Richard Blanco and Cristina Garcia, Sponsored by Blue Flower Arts Ballroom E, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
9:00am-10:15am Publishing Local in the Last Frontier. (Vered Mares, Martha Amore, Kris Farmen, Buffy (Roberta) McKay) Aspen Room, Sheraton Seattle, 2nd Floor
10:30am-11:45am Our Bodies at Work: Women, Liminal Space, and the U.S./Mexico Border. (Sasha Pimentel, Alicia Gaspar de Alba, Emma Pérez, Carol Brochin, Abigail Carl-Klaasen) Room 2A, Washington State Convention Center, Level 2
10:30am-1:45am Are We Latino? The Hazards of Representation. (Daniel Borzutzky, Carmen Gimenez Smith, Paul Martinez-Pompa, Sandy Florian, Rodrigo Toscano) Room 305, Western New England MFA Annex, Level 3
1:30 pm-2:45 pm Beyond the “Axis of Evil:” Shattering the Stereotypes of Iran and Iranians Through Fiction. (Persis Karim, Anita Amirrezvani, Omid Fallahazad, Jasmin Darznik, Marjan Kamali) Room 3B, Washington State Convention Center, Level 3
12pm-1:15pm Peripheral Visionaries: Taking Action to Cultivate Literary Diversity. (Laura E. Davis, Jennifer Fitzgerald, Rob Spillman, Ross Gay, Monica Carter) Room 303, Western New England MFA Annex, Level 3
1:30pm-2:45pm Women Writing Violence. (Aimee Parkison, Alissa Nutting, Gretchen Henderson, Lily Hoang) Room 202, Western New England MFA Annex, Level 2
1:30pm-2:45pm The (She) Devil Inside: Unlikable Women in Fiction.(Rebecca Johns, Julia Fierro, Samantha Chang, Marie Myung-ok Lee )Room 101, Western New England MFA Annex, Level 1
4:30pm-5:45pm This Assignment is so Gay: Managing Your Queerness in Your Classroom. (Megan Volpert, Meg Day, Edward Madden, Daniel Nathan Terry, Arielle Greenberg) Aspen Room, Sheraton Seattle, 2nd Floor
4:30pm-5:45pm Tribute to Margarita Donnelly and Calyx, One of the Nation’s Oldest Feminist Presses. (Elizabeth Woody, Marianne Villanueva, Angela Narciso Torres, Margarita Donnelly, Frances P Adler) Room 302, Western New England MFA Annex, Level 3
4:30pm-5:45pm Smuggling Words: Writers Subverting Borders.(Judith Hertog, Ewa Chrusciel, Gazmend Kapllani, Devi Laskar)
6:00pm-7:15pm Women’s Caucus. (Susan Kushner Resnick, Honoree Fanonne Jeffers, Alyss Dixson, Sarah Busse, Sheila Bender) Room 607, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
10:30am-11:45am So You Want to Build a Platform: But What is It & Why Do You Need One? Women Writers & Editors Speak Out. (Sheila McMullin, Molly Gaudry, Rosebud Ben-Oni, Sheryl Rivett, Arisa White) Room 608, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
10:30am-11:45am Queer Translation. (Joyelle McSweeney, Johannes Goransson, Don Mee Choi, Lucas DeLima, Jeffrey Angles) Room 612, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
10:30am-11:45am Hyphenated Poets: Ethnic American Writing Against Type. (Kaveh Bassiri, Barbara Jane Reyes, Cathy Park Hong, Farid Matuk, Solmaz Sharif) Room 615/616/617, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
10:30am-11:45am The Soldier’s Perspective: How Creative Writing Serves Vets & They Serve Each Other. (Kathryn Trueblood, Shawn Wong, Christine Leche, Will Borego, Clayton Swansen) Room LL4, Western New England MFA Annex, Lower Level
1:30pm-2:45pm Queer Double Agents: Writing & Publishing Between Communities. (Ellery Washington, David Groff, Carla Trujillo, Jacob Anderson-Minshall, Michelle Tea) Room 613/614, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
1:30pm-2:45pm Writing Feminism in Creative Nonfiction. (Sarah Lenz, Marcia Aldrich, Kristen Iversen, Sonja Livingston, Mary Kay McBrayer) Room 305, Western New England MFA Annex, Level 3
3:00pm-3:15pm Beyond Kimchi: Writing Through Ethnicity. (Katherine Min, Marie Myung-Ok Lee, Cathy Chung, Matthew Salesses, Krys Lee) Redwood Room, Sheraton Seattle, 2nd Floor
3:00pm-4:15pm Race and Belonging: Navigating the MFA Program as a Writer of Color. (Sejal Shah, Eduardo C. Corral, Crystal Williams, Jon Pineda, Tim Seibles) Room 602/603, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
3:00pm-4:15pm Jack Kerouac School 40th Anniversary Reading: Feminism & Antiwar Writings. (HR Hegnauer, Tracie Morris, Eileen Myles, Andrea Rexilius) Room 608, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
3:00pm-4:15pm “Ain’t She a Woman?” Creative Writing, Gender Equity, and Justice in the Multicultural School, University, and Other Learning Communities. (Noel Pabillo Mariano, Nadine Pinede, Stephanie Hammer, Jill Davidson) Room LL4, Western New England MFA Annex, Lower Level
4:30pm-5:45pm Rounding the Human Corners: Writing the Truth about the Changing World. (Marybeth Holleman, Linda Hogan, Ann Fisher-Wirth, Eva Saulitis, Juan Carlos Galeano) Room 613/614, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6