S202. The Weight of Displacement: Latino Writings from the Heartland

Room 2B, Washington State Convention Center, Level 2
Saturday, March 1, 2014
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Middle of the Map-Latino Writers Collective members will read and discuss the challenges and success of writing from the Heartland, maintaining diversity of culture, and examining issues of displacement. Members capture individual experiences as political or social commentary, reflective, semi-autobiographical, humorous, or entertaining. Their craft reveals and examines the many facets of this unique cultural identity that includes class, gender roles, sexual identity, and immigration status.



Miguel M Morales, a former migrant farmwoker, is a Latino Writers Collective board member, a founding member of Fabulous Queer Writers, and a Lambda Literary Fellow. His work is featured in Primera Página, Cuentos del Centro, From Macho to Mariposa, and Joto: An Anthology of Queer & Chicano Poetry.

José Faus is a Kansas City, Missouri, resident, writer, and visual artist. He is a founding member of the Latino Writers Collective and president of the board of the Writers Place. He is also a youth advocate and community worker

Gabriela Ybarra Lemmons's work appears in Primera Pagina: Poetry from the Latino Heartland, Cuentos: Stories from the Latino Heartland, and NewBorder: Contemporary Voices from the US/Mexico Border. Gabriela is a co-founder and current president of the Latino Writers Collective.

Maria Vasquez Boyd is a painter/artist/writer and founding member of the Latino Writers Collective in Kansas City, Missouri. Her work is published in Primera Pagina, Cuentos Del Centro, Everyday Other Things, Salit Magazine, America Now, and Here Kansas City Renga.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center