F206. Clap Back: Women of Color Discuss Emily Dickinson's Influence over Their Poetic Landscapes

Marquis Salon 9 & 10, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Two
Friday, February 10, 2017
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


"Not knowing when the dawn will come / I open every door." Emily Dickinson's work has themes that resonate with those that occupy the space between the margins. This panel will discuss the theme of place in Emily Dickinson's work. Spaces such as home, church, psychological states of being, and solitude will all be explored in relation to how women of color explore and navigate and even occupy these places in our own lives and writing.



Yesenia Montilla is an Afro-Latina with an MFA in poetry from Drew University. A Canto Mundo Fellow, her first collection of poetry, The Pink Box, was longlisted for the PEN America Open Book Award. As women, we are always in danger, our very existence, our bodies, all of us, so she writes.

Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie is the author of Karma's Footsteps. Her recent work Dear Continuum: Letters to a Poet Crafting Liberation was one of Split This Rock's 2015 Books We Love. She is poetry editor of African Voices magazine. Her work is the subject of the film I Leave My Colors Everywhere.

Christina Olivares is the author of No Map of the Earth Includes Stars, winner of the 2014 Marsh Hawk Poetry Prize, the chaplet Interrupt, and Petition, winner of the 2014 Vinyl 45s Chapbook Contest.

Elisabet Velasquez is a Latina writer, mother, and performer. She was a member of the 2009 Nuyorican Poets Cafe National Team. Her work has been published by Muzzle magazine, Centro Voces, and Elephant Journal. She recently performed at The Lincoln Center Out Of Doors Festival.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center