R135. CANCELLED: Not So Foreign: Writing in More Than One Language

Room 216A, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
9:00 am to 10:15 am


For writers who publish primarily in English, reflecting a multilingual world can be a fraught process, traditionally involving the accommodation of English-only speakers. How are writers of English-language fiction and nonfiction today centering characters who speak and think in languages other than English? Drawing from questions of not only craft but also the personal and political, five panelists discuss their innovative approaches to incorporating multiple languages in their work.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Not_So_Foreign_Outline.docx



Simon Han's debut novel is forthcoming. His writing has appeared in the Atlantic, the Iowa Review, Guernica, Fence, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. A MacDowell and Tulsa Artist Fellow, he teaches at the University of Tulsa.

Meng Jin’s debut novel Little Gods is forthcoming. Her short fiction appears or is forthcoming in the Threepenny Review, Ploughshares, the Masters Review, and elsewhere. She is a Kundiman Fellow, David TK Wong Fellow, Elizabeth George Grantee, and Steinbeck Fellow.

Antonio Ruiz-Camacho's debut collection Barefoot Dogs won the Jesse H. Jones Award, and was a Kirkus Reviews Best Book and a San Francisco Chronicle Recommended Book of 2015. He's a former Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University and holds an MFA from The New Writers Project at UT Austin.

Novuyo Rosa Tshuma is the author of the novel House of Stone, shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize. Her collection Shadows won the Herman Charles Bosman Prize. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, her work has appeared in McSweeney's and The Displaced, an anthology edited by Viet Thanh Nguyen.

Xavier Navarro Aquino’s fiction has appeared in Tin House, McSweeney’s Quarterly, and Guernica, among others. He’s received support from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the MacDowell Colony, and is currently the fiction editor for Prairie Schooner.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center