S138. Challenging Tokenization: Writers of Color Respond

F151, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Writers from underrepresented communities often face societal pressure to share stories centered around cultural identity and immigration. These panelists trouble the institutional expectations of narratives written by people of color and share their experiences challenging tokenization while sustaining a healthy writing life.


Analicia Sotelo is the author of the collection of poetry Virgin, and the chapbook Nonstop Godhead. She earned her MFA from the University of Houston and currently works for Writers in the Schools in Houston, Texas.

Chris Santiago is a poet and fiction writer and the author of TULA, winner of the Lindquist & Vennum Poetry Prize and a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award. A Kundiman, Mellon/ACLS, and McKnight writing fellow, he is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of St. Thomas.

Janine Joseph is a poet, librettist, and essayist. She is the author of Driving Without a License, winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize, da Vinci Eye award, and finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award and Eric Hoffer Award. She is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Oklahoma State University.

Tiphanie Yanique is the author the novel, Land of Love and Drowning, winner of the First Novel Award from the Center for Fiction and the Rosenthal Family Award of the American Academy of Arts & Letters. Her collection of poems, Wife, won the 2016 Forward/Felix Dennis Prize for a first book of poems.

Leslie Sainz has received fellowships and residencies from CantoMundo, the Hub City Writers Project, and the Stadler Center for Poetry, where she currently serves as a 2018–2019 Stadler Fellow.


March 27–30, 2019
Portland, OR

Oregon Convention Center