R204. Writers and Dads: A Reconciliation

Room 607, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
Thursday, February 27, 2014
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Changing societal expectations have seen fathers frequently embracing more responsibility as caregivers when it comes to parenting. When those fathers are writers, often occupied with drafting, reading, revising, and submitting work, how does that role reconcile with that of Dad? Panelists discuss the ways in which their writing lives coincide with being engaged fathers, including time and schedule management, work/family balance, and using fatherhood experiences as material for their own work.



Ande Davis has worked as an editor for various magazines and literary journals. His fiction and poetry have recently appeared in PANK, cream city review, Foxing Quarterly, South Dakota Review, and Hawai'i Review.

Luke Rolfes teaches writing and literature at Northwest Missouri State University. His fiction and nonfiction appear in literary journals around the country, and he is a past winner of the Robert C. Wright and Iron Horse Discovered Voices Award.

Eric McHenry teaches creative writing at Washburn University. His books of poetry include Potscrubber Lullabies, which received the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and Mommy Daddy Evan Sage, a children’s book illustrated by Nicholas Garland.

Matthew Porubsky lives in Topeka, Kansas, and works as a freight conductor for the Union Pacific Railroad. He has four collections of poetry, voyeur poems, Fire Mobile (The Pregnancy Sonnets), Ruled by Pluto, and John, and his poems have appeared in RHINO, Quiddity, {HOOT}, and elimae.


March 8–11, 2023
Seattle, Washington

Washington State Convention Center