F137. Our Bodies at Work: Women, Liminal Space, and the U.S./Mexico Border

Room 2A, Washington State Convention Center, Level 2
Friday, February 28, 2014
10:30 am to 11:45 am


Chicana, Mennonite, and Filipina writers and poets engage the parallel traumas of the Ciudad Juárez/El Paso border—which is femicide and war-ridden, but rich and permeable—with our own personal negotiations of culture, sexuality, identity, and art. We’ll discuss literacies of transition: lesbianism, labor, immigration, and migration, and how, at the threshold between body and body, between country and country, and different kinds of war, we can arrive at the imaginal and the liminal.



Sasha Pimentel is author of Insides She Swallowed, winner of the 2011 American Book Award. She directs the undergraduate studies in creative writing program at the University of Texas at El Paso and she is an assistant professor of poetry in their bilingual MFA program on the border of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.

Alicia Gaspar de Alba is a professor of Chicana/o Studies, English, and Gender Studies at UCLA. She has published ten books: three novels, two collections of poetry, a short story collection, and four academic books. Her novel on Sor Juana is being made into a movie starring Ana de la Reguera.

Emma Pérez has published two novels, an academic book, and a number of essays on feminist/queer theory. Her first novel, Gulf Dreams, is considered one of the first Chicana lesbian novels in print. Her second novel, Forgetting the Alamo, Or, Blood Memory received five awards/recognitions.

Carol Brochin is an assistant professor of English at the University of Texas at El Paso where she teaches bilingual children’s literature and directs the West Texas Writing Project. Her current book manuscripts include a young adult novel about a queer Chicana set on the US/Mexico border.

Abigail Carl-Klassen's poetry has appeared in Rhubarb, The Center for Mennonite Writing Journal, Rio Grande Review, 491, BorderSenses, and NewBorder: Contemporary Voices from the Texas/Mexico Border.


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