S156. Native American and Latino Fiction: Intersections in Narrative as Form and Force

Room 12, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
10:30 am to 11:45 am


This panel will examine the relationship between Native American and Latino fiction. Though categorized as immigrant literature, much Latino Literature has a strong indigenous background. From the Popul Vuh to traditional stories in North American Native Nations, the formal power of narrative or simply story has strongly influenced contemporary Latino and Native Literature. This panel will include Native North American and Latino writers for a fuller discussion of craft, indigeneity, and story.


Erika T. Wurth's published works include a novel, two poetry collections & a forthcoming short story collection, Buckskin Cocaine. Her work has appeared in numerous journals. She teaches creative writing at Western Illinois University, and she was a guest writer at IAIA. She is Apache/Chickasaw/Cherokee.

David Weiden is associate professor and director of the Native American Studies program at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He has published fiction in various literary magazines as well as literary criticism and a nonfiction book.

Desiree Zamorano is an essayist, award-winning short story writer, and the author of the critically acclaimed novel The Amado Women. Her work has appeared in numerous publications. She is the director of Occidental College’s Community Literacy Center.

Natalia Sylvester is the author of the novels Chasing the Sun and Everyone Knows You Go Home. She is a faculty member of the creative writing MFA program at Regis University. Her work has appeared in Latina magazine, Writer's Digest, and NBCLatino.com. Twitter/IG: @NataliaSylv.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside