R190. The Historical Women: Reimagining Past Narratives Through the Contemporary Female Perspective

Room 15, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


“Women, if the soul of the nation is to be saved, I believe that you must become its soul,” said Coretta Scott King during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. What can we learn from reimagined female historical narratives? What is their timely relevance in the current political climate? This panel will also discuss the craft of shaping a nonfiction tale to a modern day story, and how to create female characters that break barriers and make a history of their own.



Chanelle Benz has published fiction in Guernica, Granta.com, Electric Literature's Recommended Reading, The American Reader, Fence, and she is the recipient of an O. Henry Prize. Author of the book The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead, she teaches at Rhodes College.

Amelia Gray is the author of five books, most recently Isadora (FSG). Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Granta, Tin House, and VICE. She is winner of the NYPL Young Lion and FC2's Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize.

Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko is a national bestseller, a New York Times Editor’s Choice and an Indie Next Great Reads. Lee’s debut novel Free Food for Millionaires was a national bestseller, a New York Times Editor’s Choice, and a Top 10 Novels of the Year for The Times (London), NPR’s Fresh Air, and USA Today.

Megan Mayhew Bergman is the author of two story collections, Birds of a Lesser Paradise and Almost Famous Women, and a forthcoming novel. She is the associate Ddirector of Bennington's MFA program.

Lidia Yuknavitch is the author of the novel The Book of Joan and the bestselling novel The Small Backs of Children, as well as the the anti-memoir The Chronology of Water. She founded the Corporeal Writing Workshops.


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