R267. Surveillance in the Borderlands: A Reading by Southwest Writers

D135, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Thursday, March 28, 2019
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


President Trump plans to send troops to secure the border “to stop the flow of deadly drugs, gang members, and illegal aliens into this country.” Five writers from the Southwest stage a performance dialogue about contemporary surveillance practices impacting communities in the borderlands. What aesthetic challenges to presenting the material conditions of the border arise across our genres? We present textual pathways toward enacting ethical ethnography, solidarity, and critical resistance.



Raquel Gutiérrez is an Arizona-based poet, prose writer, and essayist. She publishes chapbooks with Econo Textual Objects. Her work explores tensions and creates intimate portraits of being a brown, queer child of immigrants. She holds a Master's degree in Performance Studies from New York University

Susan Briante is the author of three books of poetry: The Market Wonders, Utopia Minus, and Pioneers in the Study of Motion. She is an associate professor of creative writing at the University of Arizona.

Cristina Rivera Garza is the award-winning author of novels, collections of short stories, and a poetry book. She is a distinguished professor of Hispanic Studies and Creative Writing at the University of Houston. She has theorized the link between writing and community in our violent times.

Karina Hodoyán is a Professor of Modern & Classical Languages and Director of the MA in Migration Studies at USF. She received an MA in Comp Lit from SFSU with an emphasis on Interamerican Literature and Culture and a PhD from the Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese at Stanford University.


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