F223. Beyond Survival: Identity & Second Generation Fiction

B115, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Friday, March 29, 2019
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Panelists will discuss what happens when literature moves away from the struggles of marginality, i.e the "coming out,” the “immigrant,” and the “Civil Rights” story, to talk about identity in new and normative ways. The three women write from their personal perspectives on immigration, queerness, and race, seeking contemporary narratives answering the question, “What are we doing now that we have survived?”



Tyrese Coleman is an essayist, fiction writer, and associate editor for SmokeLong Quarterly. Her first collection How To Sit was published in 2018 with Mason Jar Press.

Hilary Zaid is an alumna of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and the Tin House Writers' Workshop, and a Tennessee Williams Scholar at Sewannee Writers' Conference, and the author of a novel, Paper Is White.

YZ Chin is the author of Though I Get Home, which won the inaugural Louise Meriwether First Book Prize. She is also the author of two chapbooks, In Passing and deter. She works as a software engineer by day, and writes by night.

Camille Acker


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center