F305. Out of Our Time: Writing Dissent in Creative Nonfiction

D136, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Friday, March 29, 2019
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


As destructive language is increasingly normalized at large, writers who engage in forms of dissent are asking how we might broaden and complicate our understanding of dissent. Interpreting dissent broadly, panelists discuss the forms that dissent takes in creative nonfiction, from the lyric to longform. Panelists have written extensively on US borders, incarceration, race, and queer identity, each expanding on Adrienne Rich’s twenty-year-old question: How do we write out of our time?



Kisha Lewellyn Schlegel is the author of the essay collection Fear Icons, winner of the inaugural Gournay Prize. A graduate of the University of Montana's Environmental Studies Program and the University of Iowa's Nonfiction Writing Program, she now teaches creative writing at Whitman College.

Catina Bacote’s nonfiction has been published in PloughsharesTin HouseThe Gettysburg ReviewTriQuarterlyThe Common, The SunSouthern California Review, and the anthology This Is The Place: Women Writing About Home. She is an assistant professor at St. John's University in New York City.

LaTanya McQueen is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Coe College. She received her MFA from Emerson College, her PhD from the University of Missouri, and was the 2017–18 Robert P. Dana Emerging Writer Fellow at Cornell College. She is the author of the essay collection And It Begins Like This. 

Stephanie Elizondo Griest is the author of Around the Bloc, Mexican Enough, and All the Agents and Saints. Associate Professor of Creative Nonfiction at UNC-Chapel Hill, she lectures globally, including as a Moth Storyteller, and she won a Margolis Award for Social Justice Reporting at the US. border.

L.M. Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas has creative nonfiction and literary translation MFAs from the University of Iowa. She is the author of Drown Sever Sing, and Don’t Come Back from Mad Creek Books. She is a Rona Jaffe fellow and works as an assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University.


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