S127. Exophonic Writing in America

D135, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
9:00 am to 10:15 am


This panel focuses on sharing writing and professional practices of writers who write in an acquired language. It addresses issues of acceptance and rejection by the literary community, the process of choosing a language to express particular narratives, feelings, or ideas, the ways in which self-translation becomes creatively generative, and strategies for finding publishers. Panelists discuss their writing processes in various languages and welcome questions from the audience.



Piotr Florczyk's most recent books are East & West, a volume of poems, and two translations, My People & Other Poems by Wojciech Bonowicz, and Building the Barricade by Anna Świrszczyńska, which won the 2017 Found in Translation Award. He is a doctoral candidate at USC.

Mónica de la Torre is the author of five collections of poetry, including The Happy End/All Welcome. Her most recent translation project, Omar Cáceres's Defense of the Idol, is forthcoming. She is a Bonderman Assistant Professor of the Practice at Brown University.

Gazmend Kapllani is an Albanian-born novelist. He is the author of three novels, a 2012 Radcliffe Fellow and 2013 Brown University Visiting Scholar. He holds a PhD in political science and history from Panteion University of Athens. He teaches creative writing and history at Emerson College.

Piotr Gwiazda teaches in the Department of English at the University of Pittsburgh. His recent publications include Aspects of Strangers (poetry), U.S. Poetry in the Age of Empire (literary criticism), and Zero Visibility by Grzegorz Wróblewski (translation from Polish).

Ping Wang


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center