F166. Still in the Trenches: Gender, Race, and Class in Creative Writing

Room 23, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
10:30 am to 11:45 am


With the rise of creative writing spaces centering women/writers of color, are gender, race, and class finished conversations? This panel brings together diverse women writers to ask how these social forces continue to shape women's experiences of creative writing from learning in or teaching the workshop to publishing work to administering a program. Where are we today with regard to positions of power and our access to publication? The panelists will share visions and strategies for equity.


Jennifer Kwon Dobbs is the author of Paper Pavilion, winner of the White Pine Press Poetry Prize; Interrogation Room; and the chapbooks Necro Citizens and Notes from a Missing Person. An associate professor of English, she directs the Race and Ethnic Studies program at St. Olaf College.

Taiyon J. Coleman’s writing appears in Bum Rush the Page, Riding Shotgun, The Ringing Ear, Blues Vision, A Good Time for the Truth, How Dare We Write, and other publications. A McKnight Foundation Artist Fellow, she is assistant professor of English literature at St. Catherine University.

Lisa Lewis's books of poetry include The Unbeliever, Silent Treatment, Vivisect, Burned House with Swimming Pool, and The Body Double. She teaches in the creative writing program at Oklahoma State University and serves as poetry editor of the Cimarron Review.

Aimee Parkison is the author of Refrigerated Music for a Gleaming Woman, which won the FC2 Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize. Parkison is the director of the creative writing program at Oklahoma State University and has published four books of fiction.

Sagirah Shahid is a radical, introverted, outgoing, Black Muslim poet from Minneapolis. She is the recipient of a Loft Literary Center Mentor Series Award in poetry and a winner of a Minnesota Center for Book Arts mentorship award. Her poems float around on the internet, print and on three giant lanterns.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside