F138. Creatures from the Black Lagoon: Feminist Writing from the Deep South of Florida

Grand Salon A, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
10:30 am to 11:45 am


Moving beyond the legacies of Zora Neale Hurston and Marjory Kinnan Rawlings, this panel of feminist writers from Florida explore what is it like to write from one of the most reactionary parts of the country. This diverse panel of women writers will discuss what the deep south looks like and how it's perceived from its contemporary women writers. This panel will explore how the current socio- and geopolitical climate of Florida affects the feminist hivemind, voice, and literature.



Laura Minor is the recipient of the 2016 Emerging Writers Spotlight Award, chosen by D.A. Powell. Her poetry has most recently appeared in Berfrois, Queen Mob's Tea House, Hobart, and Spring Gun Press. She is currently a doctoral candidate in poetry at Florida State University.

Avni Vyas, along with Anne Barngrover, is the author of the chapbook, Candy in Our Brains. She writes and teaches in Tallahassee, Florida.

Alissa Nutting is author of the novels Made for Love and Tampa, as well as the story collection Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls. Her work has recently appeared in The New York Times, Salon, and the Indiana Review. She is an assistant professor of English and creative writing at Grinnell College.

Anton DiSclafani is the author of The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls and The After Party. A finalist for the Flaherty-Dunan First Novel prize, her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Washington Square, Biographile, and This American Life. She teaches creative writing at Auburn University.

Tana Jean Welch is the author of the poetry collection Latest Volcano. Her poetry has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Colorado Review, The Southern Review, and other national journals. She is assistant professor of medical humanities at the Florida State University College of Medicine.


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