S174. Gender and Genre: How Do Our Prejudices Affect Our Preferences?

Marquis Salon 9 & 10, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Two
Saturday, February 11, 2017
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Do gender stereotypes influence literary tastes? Does a love poem from a male-identified poet seem more tender because it defies common gender assumptions? Does a critique from a female-identified writer feel more barbed for the same reason? What about writers whose identities or work blur society’s imposed gender distinctions? Join this panel as we explore whether we value writing more or less because of the perceived gender of the author, including how that may affect publishing decisions.


Jill McCabe Johnson is the author of two poetry collections, Revolutions We'd Hoped We'd Outgrown and Diary of the One Swelling Sea, winner of a Nautilus Award in Poetry, plus the lyric essay chapbook, Borderlines. Jill is series editor for the University of Nebraska Gender Programs anthologies.

Kevin Clark’s Self-Portrait with Expletives won the Pleiades contest. His book In the Evening of No Warning earned a grant from the Academy of American Poets. He is the winner of the Angoff Award.

SJ Sindu is the author of the novel Marriage of a Thousand Lies and the chapbook I Once Met You but You Were Dead. Her creative writing has appeared in Brevity, the Normal School, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Fifth Wednesday, PRISM, apt, Vinyl Poetry, VIDA, Black Girl Dangerous, and elsewhere.

Viannah E. Duncan, MFA, is the author of Re Prince I and editor of several short story anthologies including Believe Me Not and It's About Time. She works as the manager of marketing and rvents at Digital Manga Publishing, which translates and localizes Japanese comics for English readers.

Martha Amore is a published author and teaches writing at the University of Alaska Anchorage and Alaska Pacific University. She received her MFA in fiction from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Her novella Weathered In has recently been included in a collection of Alaskan novellas.


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