R244. Women in Open Spaces: Life after the (Un)remarkable Journey

Room 303, Henry B. González Convention Center, Ballroom Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


Many women’s narratives emphasize redemption, self-acceptance, or working through of hardship that comes from traveling through open spaces, but what about the details often omitted from these stories? This diverse panel of women will discuss their journeys, including thru-hikes in America and abroad, driving through national parks, and walking neighborhood trails; the difficult transitions back to “real life”; and how, for some, those spaces replicate the trauma from which they seek an escape.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_2020_Outline_for_Women_in_Open_Spaces.docx



Kristine S. Ervin is an associate professor at West Chester University, where she teaches creative nonfiction, poetry, and composition. Excerpts of her memoir about her mother's murder have appeared in Silk Road, the Crab Orchard Review, Brevity, and Passages North.

Keya Mitra is creative writing director, editor in chief of Silk Road Review, and associate professor of creative writing/literature at Pacific University. Her fiction was recognized under "Other Distinguished Stories" in Best American Short Stories 2017. She was a 2008 Fulbright Scholar in India.

Alden Jones is the author of The Wanting Was a Wilderness, Unaccompanied Minors, and The Blind Masseuse, finalist for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award. She is co-director of the Cuba Writers Program and teaches at Emerson College and the Newport MFA Program.

Minda Honey is a professional writer whose work has been featured by Longreads, the Oxford American, the Guardian, Playboy, Vice, and elsewhere. She writes a relationship advice column for her local alt-weekly and is an assistant professor and director of the creative writing BFA program at Spalding.

Mathina Calliope is a writer, teacher, editor, and writing coach. In 2016 she quit a lucrative desk job to try to hike the Appalachian Trail, break her addiction to comfort, and find the courage to face the insecurity of freelancing. Her work has appeared in WSJ, WashPost, NPR, Real Simple, Prevention, and Streetlight.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center