F132. Writing Through the Immigrant Lens

Room 20 & 21, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
9:00 am to 10:15 am


First and second generation immigrants represent a growing demographic in the writing community, and their backgrounds influence their work on many levels. Writing through the lens of an immigrant or child of immigrants can offer a unique perspective in content and voice, but also complicate a writer’s sense of identity, loyalty, place, and beliefs. Multigenre panelists will share ways that their writing has been influenced by identities that straddle cultures, and offer strategies for challenges.


Ayşe Papatya Bucak teaches in the MFA program at Florida Atlantic University. She has published fiction and nonfiction in a variety of journals, including Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, The Iowa Review, and Kenyon Review. Her short fiction has been selected for the O.Henry and Pushcart Prizes.

José M Orduña is a graduate of the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa. His first book, The Weight of Shadows: A Memoir of Displacement is about race, class, and citizenship. He joined the creative writing faculty at the University of Nevada Las Vegas in 2017.

Marie Myung-Ok Lee is the author of the novel Somebody's Daughter and one forthcoming. Fiction has appeared Kenyon Review, FiveChapters, TriQuarterly, Witness, Joyland, Guernica. Nonfiction has appeared in The Atlantic, The Paris Review, and The New York Times. She teaches creative writing at Columbia.

Xhenet Aliu is author of the forthcoming novel Brass and the story collection Domesticated Wild Things and Other Stories, winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction. She works as an academic librarian in Athens, Georgia.

Eugene Gloria


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside