S286. Poets Mothering Otherwise: Race, Disability, Queerness

Room 203AB, Washington Convention Center, Level Two
Saturday, February 11, 2017
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


What are the ethics and politics of writing about our children when our families are politically vulnerable? Questions of censorship, privacy, and children's rights resonate differently in poetry of witness or advocacy than in memoir or confessional work. As queer mothers, mothers of color, and mothers of children with disabilities, what do we refuse to write about our families? What may we, must we, share as poets of witness? And how do we tell the difference?



Lisa L. Moore is professor of English and gender studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Her poems have recently appeared in Tinderbox Poetry Journal, White Wall Review, and Anchor, and have been recognized by the Museum of Fine Arts-Houston Poetry Prize and Split This Rock Poem of the Week.

Joelle Biele is the author of White Summer and Broom and the editor of Elizabeth Bishop and The New Yorker: The Complete Correspondence. A recipient of Fulbright awards to Germany and Poland, she currently teaches at Goucher College.

Amanda Johnston is an Affrilachian poet and Cave Canem graduate fellow. She is a cofounder of Black Poets Speak Out, founder of Torch Literary Arts, and faculty with the Stonecoast MFA program.

Hoa Nguyen teaches poetics and creative writing at Ryerson University, for Bard College, at Miami University, and in a private, virtual, and in-person workshop. She is the author of nine books and chapbooks, including Red Juice and Violet Energy Ingots.

Deborah Paredez is the author of the poetry collection, This Side of Skin, and the critical study, Selenidad: Selena, Latinos, and the Performance of Memory. She is an associate professor at Columbia University and cofounder of CantoMundo, a national organization for Latina/o poets.


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