R231. Writing from Privilege: Who Can Write What and Why?

Room 25, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


What does it mean to write from a position of privilege? How should white writers navigate their privileged positions? Are writers of color exempt, or are all writers inherently privileged by way of having the opportunities to pursue literary careers? In this panel, writers of a diversity of backgrounds and formats will discuss the question of who has permission to write what, and how it influences their willingness to write outside the confines of their race, gender, economic class, and more.



Kaitlin Solimine has been a Fulbright Creative Fellow in China and received several scholarships, awards, and residencies for her writing, including the 2012 Dzanc Books/Disquiet International Literary Program award judged by Colson Whitehead. Her debut novel is Empire of Glass.

Vanessa Hua is the author of Deceit and Other Possibilities, winner of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. A columnist at The San Francisco Chronicle, she has received a Rona Jaffe Writers' Award and a Steinbeck Fellowship. Her novel, A River of Stars, is forthcoming.

Kirstin Chen is the author of the novels Bury What We Cannot Take (forthcoming from Little A) and Soy Sauce for Beginners. She is a 2017–2018 writer in residence at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

Kim Liao's work has appeared in Salon, Lit Hub, The Rumpus, Catapult, River Teeth, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Brevity's Blog, Another Chicago Magazine, Fourth River, Fringe, Hippocampus, and others. She is working on her first novel, and she is revising a family memoir about the Taiwanese Independence Movement.

Kelly Luce is the author of Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail and the novel Pull Me Under. She is a contributing editor at Electric Literature and a fellow at Harvard's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.


February 7–10, 2024
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