R169. "Girlness" as Stance in the Work of Five Contemporary Authors

Room 217C, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
10:35 am to 11:50 am


Join a panel of four poets and one fiction writer, each with a distinct stylistic approach, as they discuss how their work is taking “girlness” by storm, expanding it as a stance in bold ways. These writers, from a debut poet to seasoned authors and literary arts activists, push against the expected "girl/women/gurl/hood,” re-examining vulnerability, power, and the sources of power in breakthrough ways, using craft, subject matter, style, visual, and linguistic choices.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

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Alexandra van de Kamp is the Executive Director of Gemini Ink, a literary arts nonprofit. She has published widely and is the author of two full-length poetry collections, the most recent of which is Kiss/Hierarchy. She teaches poetry workshops at Gemini Ink and online at the Poetry Barn.

Patricia Spears Jones, author of A Lucent Fire: New and Selected Poems, and two plays for Mabou Mines. Anthologized in BAX: Best American Experimental Writing and Renga for Obama. She is the recipient of the 2017 Jackson Poetry Prize and has taught at Barnard, Adelphi University, and CUNY.

Megan Peak received her MFA in poetry from The Ohio State University Her first book of poetry, Girldom, won the 2018 Perugia Press Prize from Perugia Press and 2019 The John A. Robertson Award for Best First Book of Poetry from the Texas Institute of Letters.

Veronica Golos is the author of four poetry books: Rootwork, Vocabulary of Silence (translated into Arabic), A Bell Buried Deep, and the newly published Girl. She's co-editor of Taos Journal of International Poetry & Art and former poetry editor of the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion

Marisela Barrera is a single working-class mother, Tejana writer, and teatrista with published works in Latina Critical Feminism, Out in SA, Texas Matters, the San Antonio Current, the Brooklyn Rail, HowlRound, the Rivard Report, Concho River Review, Radio Esperanza, and TheaterJones, among others.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center