F275. Smuggling Words: Writers Subverting Borders

Room 3B, Washington State Convention Center, Level 3
Friday, February 28, 2014
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


Literature has long been associated with national identity. Writers are neatly categorized by nation and language. But immigrant/international writers sneak across borders, smuggle culture, mix languages, and subvert the accepted order. This panel, with writers from a variety of international backgrounds, presents multiple approaches on writing in exile and on transcending culture.



Judith Hertog's essays have appeared in publications such as Indiana Review, Tin House, Consequence, Hunger Mountain, and The Common. She holds MAs in TESOL and Journalism and an MFA in writing from Bennington College.

Ewa Chrusciel has two books of poetry in Polish and two in English, Strata and Contraband of Hoopoe. She also translated Jack London, I.B. Singer, Conrad, and Jorie Graham from English to Polish. Her poems were in Boston Review, Jubilat, Spoon River, and Colorado Review. She is the associate professor of Humanities at Colby-Sawyer College.

Gazmend Kapllani is the author of three novels, a 2012 Radcliffe Fellow, and 2013 Brown University Visiting Scholar. He teaches creative writing and history at Emerson College.

Devi S. Laskar has worked as a newspaper reporter covering crime and politics in North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, and Hawaii. A published poet, she is at work on a novel.


March 8–11, 2023
Seattle, Washington

Washington State Convention Center