R171. Aster(ix) Journal: Five Years Later

Grand Salon D, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Five writers of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction read from pieces published in Aster(ix) Journal, a literary arts journal dedicated to social justice, as well as giving voice to the censored and the marginalized. Co-founder Angie Cruz will introduce and moderate a discussion on five years of running a journal founded and centering on women of color in the literary conversation.


Angie Cruz is the author of the novel, Soledad, and Let It Rain Coffee, a finalist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards. She teaches at University of Pittsburgh, and is the editor of Asterixjournal.com.

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.

Nelly Rosario is author of Song of the Water Saints, a PEN/Open Book Award winner. A 2016 Creative Capital Artist Awardee in Literature, Rosario is currently writer/researcher for the MIT Black History Project and the 2017–18 Schumann Visiting Professor at Williams College.

Stephanie Elizondo Griest is the author of four books, including Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana; Mexican Enough; and All the Agents, and Saints: Dispatches from the U.S. Borderlands. Assistant professor of creative nonfiction at UNC-Chapel Hill, she lectures around the globe.

Patricia Engel is the author of The Veins of the Ocean, It's Not Love, It's Just Paris, and Vida. Her books have received numerous awards and her stories have appeared in various journals and are anthologized in The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Mystery Stories, and elsewhere.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside