R147. CANCELLED: Difficult Muses and Damaged Gods: On Writing Birthed from Darkness

Status: Not Accepted

Room 006D, Henry B. González Convention Center, River Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
10:35 am to 11:50 am


This panel of women writers will consider the power of archetypal voices from our childhoods. How do those voices inform who we are and who we become on the page? With what alchemy do writers transform these voices into art when they are also sources of trauma? What happens to our work when remembered voices—sources of both inspiration and hurt—pass from our lives? As artists, is it even possible for us to (and should we even try to) transcend our most difficult muses and damaged gods?



Lee Ann Roripaugh is the author of five volumes of poetry. She directs the creative writing program at The University of South Dakota, and is editor in chief of South Dakota Review. Roripaugh currently serves as the State Poet Laureate for South Dakota.

Karen Salyer McElmurray’s Surrendered Child was an AWP Award winner. Her novels are The Motel of the Stars, Strange Birds in the Tree of Heaven, and she has coedited an essay collection, Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean. The novel Wanting Radiance is forthcoming in April 2020.

Luisa A. Igloria’s books include The Buddha Wonders if She is Having a Mid-Life Crisis and Ode to the Heart Smaller than a Pencil Eraser (2014 May Swenson Prize). She teaches at Old Dominion University, where from 2009–15 she directed the MFA Creative Writing Program.

Lisa D. Chavez has published two books of poetry, Destruction Bay and In an Angry Season, and has had essays included in several anthologies, including The Other Latin@: Writing against a Singular Identity, and An Angle of Vision: Women Writers on Their Poor and Working Class Roots.

Natanya Pulley's short story collection is With Teeth. She writes fiction and nonfiction and has numerous journal and anthologized publications. She is an assistant professor at Colorado College and the editor of the Hairstreak Butterfly Review. She is Diné.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center