R253. Space Is the Place: Literary Spatialities and New Approaches to Placemaking

Room 007B, Henry B. González Convention Center, River Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
3:20 pm to 4:35 pm


Just as there has been a “spatial turn” in the humanities more broadly, writers have been creating meaningful and evocative settings using sensitive, sophisticated approaches to space, place, and cartography. Panelists will discuss how we create and consider real and unreal urban landscapes, wilderness, borderlands, and ecologies of built spaces, with particular attention to how space and place dovetail into identity, the crisis of territoriality, and the trauma of displacement.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_Outline_2020.pdf



Ben Reed's fiction has appeared in West Branch, PANK, Seattle Review, and Tin House. His essays have appeared in Southern Humanities Review, The Millions, and The Texas Review. He teaches writing and literature at Texas State University. His first novel and first collection are forthcoming.

Kelli Jo Ford's debut novel-in-stories, Crooked Hallelujah, is forthcoming. She's the recipient of the Paris Review's 2019 Plimpton Prize and the Missouri Review's 2018 Peden Prize in Fiction. She's a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.

Syed Ali Haider is the executive director for Austin Bat Cave, a nonprofit that connects writers with students. ABC's writing programs empower students to find their voices and tell their stories. His work has been published in the Cimarron Review and Glimmer Train. He is working on a novel.

Ito Romo's work, dubbed “Chicano Gothic” and “Chicano Noir,” shows the dark and gritty life along Interstate 35 through South Texas. He is the author of The Border is Burning and El Puente / The Bridge. This year, Romo was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters.

DJ Lee


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center