R346. Women’s Caucus

E145, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Thursday, March 28, 2019
7:15 pm to 8:30 pm


The Women's Caucus offers a space to network, plan events, and discuss issues concerning women writers (e.g. ways to support each other, lack of access to literary power structures, conference childcare, obstacles to publication, keeping literary events safe, etc.). This year's panel includes two guest editors who will speak and answer questions about publishing and what they look for in manuscripts. The Women's Caucus is an inclusive space and welcomes the diverse perspectives of women writers.



Melissa Studdard is the author of the poetry collection I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast and the middle-grade novel Six Weeks to Yehidah. She is the executive producer and host of VIDA Voices & Views, an editor for American Microreviews and Interviews, and president of the Women's Caucus.

Hafizah Geter's poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in The New YorkerMcSweeney's, Tin House, Boston ReviewGulf CoastNarrative Magazine, among others. On the board of VIDA, she is an Editor at Little A from Amazon Publishing.

Kelly Forsythe was the Director of Publicity for Copper Canyon Press for over half a decade, and now manages the media strategy for National Geographic Books. Her work has appeared in American Poet, APR, and elsewhere. She is the author of Perennial.

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.

Jennifer Givhan is a Mexican American poet, NEA fellowship recipient, and author of Landscape with Headless Mama (2015 Pleiades Editors’ Prize), Protection Spell, and Girl with Death Mask (2017 Blue Light Books Prize).


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