R180. Representation | Responsibility: Who Are We Responsible For?

Room 006D, Henry B. González Convention Center, River Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


When writing from a marginalized position, who does the writer have a responsibility toward? Whether it be from positions of race, queerness, religion, immigration, or illness, does the writer carry the responsibility to represent their communities? Is it possible to “represent” while maintaining agency and autonomy? If the writer occupies a space of hybridity, between worlds, what then? A cross-genre panel explores the implications of carrying community while writing from the margins.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_RR_Panel.docx



Virginia Lee Wood is a Korean American writer and former assistant fiction editor at the American Literary Review. A PhD candidate and dissertation fellow in literature and creative writing at the University of North Texas, her work appears in The Minnesota Review, online at Cutbank, and elsewhere.

Miroslav Penkov is the author of the collection East of the West and the novel Stork Mountain. Translated into two dozen languages, his fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories, Best American Nonrequired Reading, and The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories. He is an associate professor at UNT.

Priscilla Solis Ybarra is associate professor in the Department of English at the University of North Texas. She is author of Writing the Goodlife: Mexican American Literature and the Environment and coeditor of Latinx Environmentalisms: Place, Justice, and the Decolonial.

Kimberly Garza's stories and essays can be found in Creative Nonfiction, Copper Nickel, TriQuarterly, CutBank, and elsewhere. She is an assistant professor at the University of Texas-San Antonio and a graduate of the Creative Writing Program at the University of North Texas.

Spencer Hyde is the author of Waiting for Fitz, and his short fiction and nonfiction have recently appeared in Glimmer Train, Bellevue Literary Review, and Five Points. He is a founding editor of elsewhere, and an assistant professor of creative writing at Brigham Young University.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center