R143. Depictions of Class in Contemporary Southern Fiction

Florida Salon 4, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
10:30 am to 11:45 am


Class has long been a prevailing theme in fiction about the South. The current political climate has refocused our attention on matters of class and economic inequality. The goal of this panel is discuss ways a 21st-century understanding of class might be depicted in southern literature, giving special consideration to interrogating common literary stereotypes about the South and the ways that inclusion of marginalized voices might affect how we write about class in southern fiction.


Jeneca Broom holds an MFA from the University of Central Florida. Her work has appeared in Pulp Literature, Minerva Rising, and Quad.

Allie Marini holds degrees from New College of Florida and Antioch University Los Angles, meaning she can explain deconstructionism, but cannot perform simple math. She is the author of eleven collections of poetry and weird Southern gothic fiction.

Chase Burke studies fiction at the University of Alabama, but he calls Florida home. His work appears in Electric Literature, The Offing, and Yemassee, among other journals.

April Bradley has a master’s in ethics from Yale University. Her fiction has been nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology and for the 2017 Pushcart Prize. She is a MFA candidate at the Sewanee School of Letters and the Founder and Editor of Women Who Flash Their Lit.

Dianne Turgeon Richardson holds an MFA from the University of Central Florida and is the assistant book editor for The Florida Review. Her work has appeared in several journals, including Word Riot, Cooweescoowee, and SunDog Lit.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside