R260. Experiments in Joy: Women of Color on Collaborating On and Off the Page

Room 23, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Although often solitary, writing today invites and requires collaboration. From jump-starting process to navigating practicalities, collaboration can be cowriting, coaching, editing, translating, publishing, performing, or working with illustrators. Arriving from poetry, fiction, memoir, and children’s literature, women of color speakers will present fruits of their labor and share what works for them in working with others. Each has collaborated on more than one project, on and off the page.


Gabrielle Civil is a black feminist poet and performance artist. Her texts and translations have appeared in Small Axe, Aster(ix), Something on Paper, Obsidian, and Two Lines. She is the author of Swallow the Fish and Tourist Art with Vladimir Cybil Charlier. The aim of her work is to open up space.

Rosamond S. King’s poetry is in Rock|Salt|Stone and dozens of journals and anthologies. A creative and critical writer and performance artist, she is inspired by her cultures, history, and a sense of play, and is creative editor of sx salon and associate professor at Brooklyn College.

Janice Lee is the author of Daughter, Damnation, Reconsolidation, and most recently The Sky Isn't Blue. She is currently founder/executive editor of Entropy and editor of #RECURRENT for Civil Coping Mechanisms. She teaches at Portland State University.

Michelle Naka Pierce is the author of four books of poetry, including: Continuous Frieze Bordering Red, awarded the Poets Out Loud Editor's Prize; She, A Blueprint; and Beloved Integer. Pierce teaches in the Jack Kerouac School at Naropa University and directs the writing center.

Yolanda Wisher is the author of Monk Eats an Afro and the coeditor of Peace is a Haiku Song. A Cave Canem Fellow (1999–2001), Pew Fellow, and Hedgebrook Writer in Residence, Wisher founded and directed the Germantown Poetry Festival (2006–10). She is currently the third poet laureate of Philadelphia.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside