S148. Celebrating Difficult Women: Acceptance and Accessibility in Experimental Prose

Room 006C, Henry B. González Convention Center, River Level
Saturday, March 7, 2020
10:35 am to 11:50 am


Now that more women are publishing with experimental presses—and starting their own presses—the craft of experimental writing is becoming more diverse. In a world where difficult women are seldom cherished in the style of difficult men, how do we understand accessibility in experimental writing, where the prose often challenges the reader to the point of difficulty? Are women sometimes punished for difficulty and the lack of accessibility in ways that their male counterparts are not?

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Outline_for_Celebrating_Difficult_Women_AWP_Panel_Talk_with_quotes_from_all_panelists.docx



Aimee Parkison is the author of Refrigerated Music for a Gleaming Woman, which won the FC2 Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize. Parkison teaches in the creative writing program at Oklahoma State University and has published five books of fiction.

Aurelie Sheehan is the author of two novels and three story collections. Her short fiction has appeared in Alaska Quarterly, Conjunctions, Fence, The Mississippi Review, New England Review, Ploughshares, and The Southern Review. She teaches fiction at the University of Arizona.

Evelyn Hampton is the author of two full-length story collections and a novella. She has an MA in rhetoric from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and an MFA from Brown University and is currently a PhD student at the University of Denver.

Jennifer Natalya Fink

Rachele Salvini


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center