S158. CANCELLED: Righteous Fury: Women's Anger in Memoir

Room 209, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Saturday, March 7, 2020
10:35 am to 11:50 am


There's an expectation that conflict should be resolved, and antagonists forgiven, by the end of a memoir. This is especially true for women, whose anger is still taboo—despite what the Instagram cross-stitchers would have you believe. But what about when you're still angry at the end of the story? When the anger you're holding onto is not only justified but necessary for your survival? This panel looks beyond the "forgiveness arc" to explore the personal and creative power of women's anger.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Anger_accessibility_copy.docx



Lilly Dancyger is contributing editor, writing instructor, and columnist at Catapult; assistant books editor at Barrelhouse; and the editor of Burn It Down, an anthology of essays on women's anger.

Wendy C. Ortiz is the author of Excavation: A Memoir, Hollywood Notebook, and the dreamoir Bruja. Her publishing credits include the New York Times, Joyland, StoryQuarterly, and a year-long series in McSweeney's Internet Tendency. She is a psychotherapist in private practice in Los Angeles.

Kelly Sundberg's memoir is Goodbye, Sweet Girl. Her essays have appeared in Best American Essays 2015 and many literary magazines. She has a PhD in creative nonfiction from Ohio University and is an assistant professor of creative writing at Ashland University.

Krystal Sital is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Secrets We Kept. A PEN Award finalist, her essays are forthcoming in the anthologies A Map Is Only One Story and Fury: Women’s Lived Experiences of the Trump Era. Her work can also be found in Elle, The New York Times, and Catapult.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center