S249. Bodily Transformations: Reclaiming the Self

Room 006C, Henry B. González Convention Center, River Level
Saturday, March 7, 2020
3:20 pm to 4:35 pm


Join five diverse poets as they share their artistic work and theories on the merit of writing bodily transformations. Panelists will discuss using transformations to understand societal constraints placed on femme, POC, and queer bodies, how myths and fairytales can be deconstructed to ruminate on historical and personal violences, and how reimagining the liminal body and the mind tethered to it as folkloric, animal, and even monstrous can provide distance needed to reclaim the self.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Bodily_Transformations_AWP_Outline.docx



Mary Leauna Christensen is a multiracial individual and a current PhD in creative writing candidate at the University of Southern Mississippi. She received her MFA from Eastern Washington University, and is managing editor of the Swamp literary magazine.

Canese Jarboe is the author of two collections of poetry, vo/luptuary and dark acre, a chapbook. Their poems have appeared in Bennington Review, South Carolina Review, Willow Springs, Indiana Review, and elsewhere.

Christina Rothenbeck is an instructor at Louisiana State University. She is the author of the chapbook Girls in Art, and her poems have appeared in Sugar House Review, Bone Bouquet, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from West Virginia University and a PhD from The University of Southern Mississippi.

Victoria C. Flanagan holds a dual-genre MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. They are the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize and the 2018 Emerging Poets Prize from Palette Poetry, among other honors. Recent work can be found in New South, Beloit Poetry Journal, and Crab Creek Review.

Cassandra J. Bruner, the 2019–2020 Jay C. and Ruth Halls fellow, earned her MFA in poetry from EWU. A transfeminine poet and essayist, their work has appeared in Black Warrior Review, Crazyhorse, New England Review, and elsewhere. Bruner's chapbook, The Wishbone Dress, won the 2019 Frost Place competition.


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