S161. Taking It All Off

D139-140, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
10:30 am to 11:45 am


Telling the truth is perilous for women writers in a pussy-grabbing, #metoo movement era. Whether you're reporting in the Middle East, retelling personal trauma, or sexing up a hot bedroom scene, it's easy to feel exposed. We've got you covered with this multi-genre roundtable. With topics ranging from global travel and dicey field research to balancing risqué self-revelation and academic appointments, we'll talk about what's at stake for women writers who embrace risk in the name of narrative.


Camille T. Dungy's four books of poetry include Trophic Cascade. Her book of essays is Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhood and History. She edited Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry, and coedited two other anthologies.

Kathryn Miles is the author of four books, including Quakeland. Her writing has appeared in publications including Best American EssaysBoston GlobeThe New York TimesOutsidePopular Mechanics, and Time. She serves as writer-in-residence at Green Mountain College.

Suzanne Roberts is the author of the memoir Almost Somewhere: Twenty-Eight Days on the John Muir Trail (winner of the National Outdoor Book Award), as well as four collections of poetry. She teaches for the MFA program in creative writing at Sierra Nevada College at Lake Tahoe.

Tracy Ross is a 2009 National Magazine Award winner, a contributor to Outside, Skiing, Bicycling, Prevention, the Hollywood Reporter, and other magazines, and is the author of critically lauded The Source of All Things: A Memoir, which O Magazine named one of its "Memoirs We Love" in 2011.

Erika Meitner is the author of five books of poems, including Holy Moly Carry MeCopia, and Ideal Cities, which was a 2009 National Poetry Series winner. She is an associate professor of English at Virginia Tech, where she directs the MFA and undergraduate programs in creative writing.


March 27–30, 2019
Portland, OR

Oregon Convention Center