F182A. Flesh and Blood: Women Writing Our Bodies

Cody D. Todd Memorial Stage, Sponsored by USC, Exhibit Hall, Tampa Convention Center, Third Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Throughout history, women have been discouraged and even forbidden from articulating the realities of living in a female body. Join the International Women’s Writing Guild in a discussion of the issues women face when exploring their bodies as subject material including overcoming personal shame, fear of exposure, limited publishing options, and bullying in in the cyber-universe. We’ll discuss how giving voice to our body is both a political act and a way of taking back ownership of ourselves.



Janice Gary is the author of Short Leash: A Memoir of Dog Walking and Deliverance, winner of two Nautilus Silver Awards and a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award. A faculty member at ASU's Master of Liberal Arts Program, she teaches memoir workshops at writing centers and conferences.

Dixie L. King, PhD, is the Executive Director of the International Women's Writing Guild and a recent graduate of the Antioch University Los Angeles MFA program. A cultural anthropologist, she uses the writing of creative nonfiction as a tool for working with youth in high risk environments.

Lisa Freedman’s work has appeared in these anthologies: Satya ~ The Long View; Resist Much, Obey Little; Grabbing the Apple; and the 20th Anniversary of Art & Understanding. She’s working on a memoir, Death and Happiness, about being diabetic and HIV-positive and cultivating fearlessness.

Arielle Silver teaches in the MFA, BA, and community writing programs at Antioch University Los Angeles, where her scholarship on stepmothers, feminist pedagogy, and lyric essay won the Library Research Award in 2016 and 2017. She serves on the International Women’s Writing Guild advisory board.

Tabitha Blankenbiller is an essayist with work that has appeared in Electric Lit, The Rumpus, Brevity, Hobart, Catapult, among other venues. Her debut collection is Eats of Eden.


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