F214. All Your Faves Are Problematic: #MeToo and the Ethics of Public Call-Outs

Portland Ballroom 256, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2
Friday, March 29, 2019
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


With courts that convict just 2 percent of rapists, calling out predators publicly has become a vital tool in promoting the safety of vulnerable individuals. The members of this panel discuss candidly how they worked to call out prominent sexual predators, offering concrete tools for healing and advocacy. Their bold, ambitious aim: to end victim-shaming and silencing, foster protection of assault and harassment victims, and encourage greater professionalization in literary workplaces.



Khadijah Queen is the author of five books, most recently I'm So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On. Her verse play Non-Sequitur won the Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Performance Writers. She is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at University of Colorado, Boulder.

Bettina Judd's research focus is on Black women's creative production and feminist thought. Her collection of poems Patient won the 2013 Black Lawrence Press Hudson Book Prize. She is currently Assistant Professor of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle.

Ashaki M. Jackson is an applied social psychologist, program evaluator and poet. She is a Cave Canem and VONA alumna who serves on the VIDA: Women In Literary Arts board. A cofounder of Women Who Submit, Jackson is the author of Surveillance and Language Lesson.

Lynn Melnick is author of the poetry collections Landscape with Sex and Violence and If I Should Say I Have Hope, both with YesYes Books. She is a 2017-2018 Cullman Center Fellow at the NYPL. She serves on the Executive Board of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center