F266. The Role of the Expatriate Writer in Times of Political Upheaval

Room 23, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


During periods of deep political turmoil, do expatriate writers bear special responsibilities? Do we return home and resist or do we, from our perches abroad, seek to create a more nuanced, globally informed narrative? Our panelists live in far flung reaches—Hong Kong, Mexico, Paris, Southeast Asia—and will discuss how they deal with urgent issues such as dissent, war, American policy, terror, and climate change as both writer and other in a world in which being neutral is not an option.



Connie May Fowler is the author of eight books, including the recent memoir A Million Fragile Bones. Her novel Before Women Had Wings won the Southern Book Critics Circle Award. She is on the faculty of the VCFA MFA writing program and directs the VCFA Novel Retreat and Yucatan Writing Conference.

Xu Xi is the author of twelve books, most recently the memoir Elegy for HK and the novel That Man in Our Lives. She has a forthcoming fiction work, Insignificance, and essay collection, This Fish is Fowl. She is the cofounder of Authors at Large and currently inhabits the flight path connecting New York and Hong Kong.

Donald Edem Quist is a writer and English lecturer living between Thailand and the USA. He is the author of the essay collection Harbors. He earned his MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Abayomi Animashaun

Darryl Whetter


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

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