S137. Writing Race, Class, and Gender in Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, and Poetry

Grand Salon B, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
10:30 am to 11:45 am


The debate seems endless over how far we can blur facts when writing about real lives and events; yet when narrative involves historical figures, that debate is even more crucial, especially when matters of race, class, and gender are at stake. Whether writing about the life of Zora Neale Hurston, or the intertwining lives of Eleanor Roosevelt and Pauli Murray, or a lynching, panel authors address ways their writing honors not only truth but facts in the current era of fake news and post-truth.


Martin Lammon is the author of News from Where I Live: Poems. He holds the Fuller E. Callaway Endowed Flannery O’Connor Chair in Creative Writing at Georgia College & State University, where he teaches poetry, poetics, literary translation, and creative nonfiction.

Patricia Bell-Scott's biography, The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice, won the Lillian Smith Book Award and ALA Best Nonfiction book award. She is University of Georgia emerita professor of women's studies

Anthony Grooms directs the MA in Professional Writing Program at Kennesaw State. He has won awards from Fulbright, Yaddo, NEA, Bread Loaf, and Hurston-Wright, and is the author of Bombingham, a novel, and Trouble No More, stories. His novel, The Vain Conversation, is forthcoming.

Valerie Boyd is author of Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston, and editor of the forthcoming Gathering Blossoms Under Fire: The Journals of Alice Walker. She founded and directs the University of Georgia’s Low-Residency MFA Program in Narrative Nonfiction.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside