F192. The Ecstasy and the Laundry: Gender, Families, and the Writing Life

Room 16, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


What happens when writers commit to sharing the challenges of their careers and the work of raising a family? In a world that privileges male genius and fetishizes female domesticity, how do we work toward relationships and family structures that do neither? On this panel, four distinguished writers reflect on their imaginative lives, their families, who buys the groceries, who does carpool, and who cleans the lint out of the dryer.


Jess Row is the author of the novel Your Face in Mine and the story collections The Train to Lo Wu and Nobody Ever Gets Lost. He has received Guggenheim and NEA fellowships; his work has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, and the Best American Short Stories. He teaches at the College of New Jersey.

Elizabeth Kadetsky's books include two works of fiction (a story collection and novella) and a memoir. She has been honored with a Fulbright fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, two Best American Short Stories notable citations, and publication in Best New American Voices. She is on faculty at Penn State.

Imad Rahman is the author of I Dream Of Microwaves. His short fiction has appeared in One Story, The Fairy Tale Review, Gulf Coast, and the anthology xo Orpheus: Fifty New Myths, among other venues. He teaches fiction writing at Cleveland State University and in the NEOMFA program.

Kate Tuttle, President of the National Book Critics Circle, writes about books for The Boston Globe. Her reviews have also appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Salon, The Washington Post, and Newsday. Her essays on childhood, race, and politics have appeared in Dame, The Rumpus, and elsewhere.

Emily Raboteau is the author of a novel, The Professor's Daughter, and a work of creative nonfiction, Searching for Zion: The Quest for Home in the African Diaspora, winner of the 2014 American Book Award. She is a professor in the MFA program at the City College of New York in Harlem.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside