F246. "Bad Hombres" and "Malas Mujeres:" Immigrant Women Writers in the Age of Trump

Portland Ballroom 251, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2
Friday, March 29, 2019
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


For immigrant women writers, the anti-immigrant and anti-woman rhetoric of the current administration viscerally affects our daily existence. This panel features diverse writers whose work includes memoir, poetry, fiction, essay, and hybrid texts. Writers will discuss how they negotiate writing in a time when both their intersected identities as women and immigrants are under attack, as well as strategies that succeed or fail when creating safe spaces online and in literary communities.



Marivi Soliven has taught writing at the University of the Philippines and University of California, San Diego, and authored seventeen books. She landed a Hedgebrook writing residency in 2012. Her debut novel The Mango Bride won Grand Prize at the Palanca Awards, the Philippine counterpart of the Pulitzer Prize.

Hope Wabuke is the author of The Leaving and Movement No.1: Trains. She received a National Endowment for the Arts Award in 2017, and has been published widely in various magazines. She is also an Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and a contributing editor for The Root.

Mahtem Shiferraw is a poet and visual artist from Ethiopia and Eritrea. Her work has been published in many literary journals. She won the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets for her poetry collection Fuchsia. She received her MFA from Vermont College.

Huda Al-Marashi is the author of the memoir, First Comes Marriage: My Not-So American Love Story.

Natalia Sylvester is the author of the novels Chasing the Sun and Everyone Knows You Go Home. She is a faculty member of the Creative Writing MFA program at Regis University. Her work has appeared in Latina magazine, Writer's Digest, and NBCLatino.com. Twitter/IG: @NataliaSylv.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center