S237. Draining the Swamp: Writing as Resistance and Social Responsibility in a Post-Truth Era

Florida Salon 4, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Writing has always served as a form of social and political resistance. From the ghettos of war-torn Warsaw to the American civil rights movement, writers have historically been a voice for the unrepresented and catalysts for social change. This panel will explore how our current social and political landscape has galvanized this traditional role of the writer, ways to get involved with current movements, and the importance of writing as a political act.



Keith Kopka is director of operations for Writers Resist. He's also the managing director of the creative writing program at Florida State University, an assistant editor at Narrative magazine, and a Chautauqua Arts Fellow. His poetry and criticism have been widely published.

Ruben Quesada is the author of Next Extinct Mammal and Luis Cernuda: Exiled from the Throne of Night. He is a poet and a freelance editor. He is currently editor of Queen Mob's Teahouse.

Heather June Gibbons is the author of Sound Is a Pressure Wave, winner of the 2017 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize and forthcoming from the University of Utah Press. She holds an MFA from the University of Iowa, teaches at San Francisco State University, and organizes for Writers Resist.

Arisa White is a Cave Canem graduate fellow and the author of You’re the Most Beautiful Thing That Happened. She is the creator of the Beautiful Things Project, which aims to expand readership for poetry and center QPOC narratives. White is a BFA creative writing faculty advisor at Goddard College.

Marcelo Hernandez Castillo is a poet, essayist, and translator. He is the author of Cenzontle, winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Prize, Dulce, and Children of the Land. A Canto Mundo Fellow, he cofounded the Undocupoets campaign.


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Kansas City Convention Center