F258. Cross-Border Memoir in the Age of Isolationism

Room 13, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Authors of cross-border memoirs read from award-winning works that examine US-Mexico, US-Iran, and US-Colombia relations. They discuss what it has meant to tell binational truths amid a global wave of isolationism, specifically under the Trump administration in the US. The panelists will explore what it takes to create a singular literary world from plural nations.



Jean Guerrero is an author and journalist, whose first book, CRUX: A Cross-Border Memoir, will be published in July 2018, and which won the PEN/FUSION Emerging Writers Prize in 2016. Guerrero received an MFA in creative nonfiction from Goucher College. She reports on immigration for KPBS, PBS, and NPR in San Diego, has published articles in The Economist, The Seattle Times, among others, and also served as a foreign correspondent for the Wall Street Journal in Mexico City.

Neda Semnani is a journalist and writer whose work has appeared in various online and print publications, including The Washington Post, New York magazine, The Baffler, The Week, and Roll Call among others. She is currently at work on her memoir, They Said They Wanted Revolution.

Alfredo Corchado is Border, Mexico correspondent bureau chief for The Dallas Morning News and author of Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter’s Journey Through a Country’s Descent Into Darkness. His second book, Shadows at Dawn: Four Friends, Three Decades, One Journey, is due out 2018.

Adriana E. Ramírez is a writer, critic, and performance poet. She won the inaugural 2015 PEN/Fusion Emerging Writers Prize for Dead Boys. She is critic at large for the LA Times Book Section. Her debut full-length work of nonfiction, The Violence, is forthcoming.

Lizz Huerta is a poet, fiction writer, and essayist from the Borderlands of Southern California. Her work is informed/shaped/ by the borders of land, spirituality, ancestry, and labor. She is outside of academia, working as a painting contractor, collecting stories and voices from construction sites.


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