R293. Our Brilliant Friends: Women, Friendship, and Art

Room 25, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


The popularity of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels, as well as TV shows such as Broad City and Insecure, points to a new visibility of the representation of friendships between women in contemporary culture. As writers, how do friendships between women—in our lives, our careers, our reading—affect our art? What are our own cultural touchstones of friendship? This panel seeks to explore, interrogate, and celebrate friendships between women in all their passionate complexities. Bring a friend!



Nicky Beer is the author of two books of poems, The Octopus Game and The Diminishing House, both winners of the Colorado Book Award for Poetry. Her awards include an NEA grant and a Ruth Lilly Fellowship. She is an associate professor at the University of Colorado Denver.

Gabrielle Calvocoressi is the author of The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart and Apocalyptic Swing. Her third book of poems is Rocket Fantastic. She is an editor at large at Los Angeles Review of Books and a cocurator at Voluble. She is a queer lesbian living in North Carolina.

Danielle Evans is the author of the short story collection Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self. She teaches creative writing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Catherine Pierce is the author of three books of poetry: The Tornado Is the World, The Girls of Peculiar, and Famous Last Words. Her work has appeared in The Best American Poetry, Boston Review, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. She codirects the creative writing program at Mississippi State University.

Jennifer De Leon is the editor of Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education. Recipient of a City of Boston Artist in Residence fellowship in 2016–2017, she is a member of the Grub Street board of directors. She is an assistant professor of English at Framingham State University.


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