S125. Re-Defining a Writer’s Success Through Intuition, Vulnerability, and Community Service

Room 14, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
9:00 am to 10:15 am


As marginalized writers, many times our success cannot be quantified. We work in our communities, yet do not imagine ourselves as “successful” per se. Instead, our actions are responsibilities, necessities. Intuition and vulnerability are vital to being a successful writer, performer, cultural worker, and to share our authentic selves, experiences, and knowledge. This synergy drives us. In this discussion, writers share their discovery of success through intuition, vulnerability, and community service.


Allyson Jeffredo is a writer, educator, and community worker. She is the author of the chapbook, Songs After Memory Fractures, the secretary of literary nonprofit, PoetrIE, and poetry coeditor of The Great American Literary Magazine.

Julie Sophia Paegle is the author of the poetry collections torch song tango choir, named by Poets & Writers as one of the nation’s premiere debuts, and Twelve Clocks. She is professor of English at Cal State San Bernardino and and at its Palm Desert extension campus.

Romaine Washington is an educator and the author of Sirens in Her Belly, a collection of poems, which was on BET's top ten must-read list for 2016. At the 2017 CATE conference, she presented social justice unit lessons for her book, located on the website, www.romainewashington.com.

Isabel Quintero is the author of Gabi, A Girl in Pieces, recipient of the William C. Morris Award for Debut YA Novel, the Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award, and the California Book Award.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside