R147. Shooters Gotta Shoot: Voice in Sports

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


How can we accurately capture the language and voice of sports? How has the mainstream media, specifically athlete interviews, altered our cultural understanding of language in sports and in what ways does that affect our writing? In what ways can voice be utilized to flesh out the world of sports that we have created? This diverse panel of authors will discuss how they have redefined their sports literature through the use of voice.



MJ McGinn received his MFA from Adelphi University where he received the Robert Muroff award for creative writing. His work has previously appeared in the Guernica/PEN Flash Series and The Lantern literary magazine.

Anelise Chen is the author of So Many Olympic Exertions, an experimental novel that blends elements of sportswriting, memoir, and self help.

Kerry Howley is the author of Thrown, a 2014 New York Times Notable Book, and an assistant professor in the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa. Her essays, short stories, and reportage have appeared in Granta, The Paris Review, Harper's, and New York magazine.

Dvora Meyers is a staff writer at Deadspin where she covers Olympic sports. She is also the author of a book about women's gymnastics called The End of the Perfect 10: The Making and Breaking of Gymnastics' Top Score From Nadia to Now.

Katherine Hill is the author of the novel, The Violet Hour. An assistant professor of English, she is on the MFA faculty at Adelphi University.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center