R234. Writing Toward the Margins: When the Stereotypes Are Also Your Story

Grand Salon C, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Submission calls strive to include voices of marginalized identities, but many do this by requesting work that pigeonholes writers. Writers of intersecting marginalized identities balance writing what an audience “expects” and real life. How do writers address the stereotypical markers of their work (as women, POC, veterans, LGBT+ community, etc.) while also honoring their life stories? This panel explores stereotypes for marginalized writers while navigating expectation and truth.


Monica Prince is a recent MFA in poetry recipient from Georgia College & State University. She worked with the Early College Georgia College WITS Program, formerly advised the arts activism nonprofit organization, Art as an Agent for Change, and writes performance poetry and choreopoems.

Mike McClelland's first book is Gay Zoo Day. He is a graduate of Allegheny College, The London School of Economics, and Georgia College, and he will be pursuing his doctorate at the University of Georgia.

Penny Dearmin is assistant professor of English and director of the IWRC at Andrew College. She has an MFA in creative writing, and her creative nonfiction focuses on the marginalization of women and children in the US courts.

Natalie Sharp is a proud Black queer poet working on both page and stage. She earned her BA in English at Georgia College & State University and is currently pursuing her MFA in creative writing with a concentration in poetry at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Adam al-Sirgany is at work on A More Perfect Union, a lyric novella, and a collection of prose and poetry on the intersection of Midwestern and Middle Eastern language and myth, ...as good belongs to you. He is the cofounder of Many Voices, a club advocating for POC writers at University of Arizona.


March 27–30, 2019
Portland, OR

Oregon Convention Center