F271. "The People": Myth, Mantle, Muse?

Grand Salon C, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


Writers working with criminalized, undocumented, and marginalized populations explore the idea of “the people” as a form of cultural capital that may obscure more complex dynamics. In the context of increasingly mainstream (at times tokenistic) platforms of diversity and resistance, they interrogate the expectations, challenges, and contradictions that writers who straddle institutional and grassroots spaces often navigate across different roles in order to forge lines of empathy and solidarity.


Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela’s fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in print and online, and her work has been recognized by the Leeway Foundation and others. She is the founder of Thread Makes Blanket press and is a VONA and LAMBDA alum. She teaches at Community College of Philadelphia.

Ellen Hagan is a writer, performer, and educator. Her collections are Crowned and the more recent Hemisphere. A proud Kentucky writer, Ellen is an Affrilachian Poets, Conjure Woman & cofounder of girlstory.

Nico Amador is a queer, trans, Latinx poet, community organizer, and facilitator for social movement spaces. He is a Lambda Literary Fellow and his chapbook, Flower Wars, was selected as the recipient of the 2016 Anzaldúa Poetry Prize.

Tanaya Winder is a writer and artist from the Southern Ute, Duckwater Shoshone, & Pyramid Lake Paiute Nations. She has a BA in English from Stanford University and a MFA from University of New Mexico. She is a cofounder of the literary magazine As/Us. Her first collection is Words Like Love.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside