S116. The Way & Why to Say No: Women in Academia

B110-112, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Historically, in order to succeed, women have had to create opportunities to say yes. Maybe we can do it all, but we shouldn’t have to. In this panel, we’ll discuss examples of how, when, and why we have decided to set clear boundaries and to deny some of the endless (often unpaid) demands on our time. We have juggled teaching, writing, publishing, and editing, while living our lives, so now let’s discuss how to give ourselves permission to say no, and how to decide what stays and what goes.



Lisa Fay Coutley is the author of Errata (selected by Adrienne Su for the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Award), In the Carnival of Breathing, and Back-Talk. She has received an NEA fellowship and is an Assistant Professor of Poetry in the Writer's Workshop at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Lillian-Yvonne Bertram is the author of But a Storm is Blowing From Paradise, chosen by Claudia Rankine as winner of the 2010 Benjamin Saltman Award. Her poetry and prose has appeared in numerous journals.

Amina Gautier is the author of three short-story collections: The Loss of All Lost Things, which won the Elixir Press Award; Now We Will Be Happy, which won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize; and At-Risk, which won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction.

Katharine Coles

Natanya Pulley


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center