F269. FL Man/FL Woman: The Twisted Heart of the Sunshine State from the Panhandle to Miami Beach

Grand Salon A, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


As our national culture morphs into a shadow universe of narcissistic violence, and deep peculiarity, is Florida the anomaly or the bellwether, the odd man/woman out, or the state (literally) of things to come? Who better to discuss the literature of most infamous state in the union than a diverse group of Floridian writers. But, this panel of writers will take AWP's audience inside the subtropical land of flowers that is Florida's contemporary literary landscape.


Yolanda J. Franklin’s debut collection of poetry Blood Vinyls is forthcoming Spring 2018. She is a Cave Canem and Callaloo Fellow, and is also the recipient of a 2016–17 McKnight Dissertation Fellowship. She is the recipient of a Kingsbury Award at Florida State University (2013).

Tanya Grae has been a recent finalist for five national book prizes, and her poems have appeared in AGNI, New Ohio Review, Post Road, Fjords, New South, The Massachusetts Review, and elsewhere. She teaches at Florida State while pursuing her PhD in creative writing and holds an MFA from Bennington.

May Yang is a first-generation Hmong American artist and writer. Her work is largely influenced by the Hmong diaspora and interrogates the role of racialized genocide and historical memory in neocolonial empire.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside