F222. Go Home! Asian American Writers Imagine Home Beyond a Place

Room 11, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


For many immigrant writers, home is more and less than a place. Home might be found in a language that one is losing one’s grasp of. Home might have been lost in the aftermath of war. Home might be an impossibility. The writers on this panel, all contributors to the new anthology Go Home!, discuss how they navigate ideas of home in their writing. How can fiction, nonfiction, and poetry approach home? What does it mean to write for people with different ideas of home?



Rowan Hisayo Buchanan is the editor of the Go Home! anthology. She is the author of the novel Harmless Like You, which was a New York Times Editors' Choice.

Gina Apostol's last novel, Gun Dealers' Daughter, won the 2013 PEN/Open Book Award. Her first two novels, Bibliolepsy and The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata, both won the Juan Laya Prize (Philippine National Book Award). Her next novel, The Unintended, is forthcoming from Soho Press in 2018.

Karissa Chen has published fiction and essays in numerous publications including Gulf Coast, PEN America, and Guernica. She was awarded a Fulbright research grant to Taiwan, and she is a Kundiman and VONA/Voices Fellow. She is currently the editor in chief at Hyphen magazine.

Rajiv Mohabir, Winner of the 2015 Kundiman Prize at Tupelo Press (The Cowherd's Son), the Four Way Books Intro Prize 2014 (The Taxidermist's Cut), and the AWP Intro Journal Award 2015 is an assistant professor of poetry at Auburn University's creative writing program.

Esmé Weijun Wang is the author of the novel The Border of Paradise, and was chosen by Granta as a Best of Young American Novelists in 2017. She received the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize in 2016, and has written essays for publications including The Believer, The New Inquiry, and Salon.


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