F119. Having It All: Writing and Solo Parenting

B115, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Friday, March 29, 2019
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Whether a solo parent by choice or by chance, writing while solo parenting can be isolating, which means that questions about how to serve both passions well—our writing and our children—are difficult to ask, share, and explore. These panel members will discuss how to overcome the biggest challenges to productivity; how our lives as solo parents affect what we write, and the ethical questions that arise as we write about our lives, which often means writing about our children.



Melissa Stephenson’s poetry, nonfiction, and fiction have appeared in publications such as the Washington Post, The Rumpus, and ZYZZYVA. Her forthcoming memoir, Driven, deals with growing up in the Midwest and surviving her only sibling's death. 

Debra Monroe has written four books of fiction and two memoirs. Her work has appeared in The New York TimesGuernicaSalonHobartSouthern ReviewGeorgia ReviewRumpus, and been cited in Best American Essays. She won the Flannery O'Connor Award and teaches in the MFA Program at Texas State University.

Sophia Shalmiyev is a Portland-based writer and a Portland State University MFA graduate. Her work has appeared in Electric Literature, the Seattle Review of Books, Portland Review, Entropy, and Vela. Shalmiyev's debut memoir, Mother Winter, is about emigration, motherlessness, and feminism.

Alison Stine is the author of three poetry books: Wait, winner of the Brittingham Prize; Ohio Violence, winner of the Vassar Miller; and Lot of My Sister, along with the novel Supervision and the novella The Protectors. She has received NEA, Wallace Stegner, and Ruth Lilly fellowships.

Emily Withnall is a freelance writer and editor. Her work has appeared in the Kenyon Review, The Rumpus, and Lunch Ticket, among other publications. She is at work on a book about domestic violence and hydraulic fracturing. Emily is the queer solo mom to a tween and teen. 


March 4–7, 2020
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Henry B. González Convention Center