S279. Writing Women's Interior Lives

Room 13, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


Five years ago, Meg Wolitzer wrote in The New York Times of “that close-quartered lower shelf where books emphasizing relationships and the interior lives of women are often relegated.” The five panelists here, all of whom recently published or will publish books emphasizing those very subjects, discuss their intentions, craft, and relegation (or not) to that lower shelf. What’s changed in the five years since Wolitzer’s essay was printed? What can we expect to change in the five years to come?



Julia Phillips's debut novel is forthcoming. Her fiction appears in Glimmer Train and The Antioch Review, while her nonfiction appears in The Atlantic, Slate, Jezebel, and BuzzFeed News. Her writing has been supported by a Yaddo residency and a Fulbright grant.

Jessie Chaffee is the author of the debut novel Florence in Ecstasy. She was awarded a Fulbright grant to Italy to complete the novel, and she was the writer in residence at Florence University of the Arts. She is an editor at Words Without Borders, a magazine of international literature in translation.

Leigh Stein is the author of a memoir (Land of Enchantment), a novel (The Fallback Plan), and a full-length poetry collection (Dispatch from the Future). She teaches writing at the 92Y, Catapult, and Brooklyn Poets, and cofounded BinderCon.

Krys Lee is the author of Drifting House and How I Became a North Korean. She is the recipient of the Rome Prize, the Story Prize Spotlight Award, and the Honor Title in Adult Fiction Literature (APALA). She teaches at Underwood International College, Yonsei University, in Seoul, Korea.

Mia Alvar is the author of In the Country, a collection of short stories, which won the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, and the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award.


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