R132. CANCELLED: Writing Beyond the Gate: Reaching Voices from Outside the Academy

Room 214B, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Systemically, the academy controls access to literary voices and platforms through an infrastructure that includes publishing, networking, course adoption, and financial and other institutional support. Writers from outside academia discuss how to disrupt this power dynamic, navigate nontraditional paths, promote access to under-heard voices, and otherwise destabilize a system that co-opts and restricts the spirit of resistance and revolution historically characterized by creative writing.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Event_Outline_Writing_Beyond_the_Gate_Updated_3.1_.20_.docx



Julia Bouwsma is the author of two poetry collections, Midden and Work by Bloodlight. She serves as book review editor for Connotation Press: An Online Artifact and library director for Webster Library in Kingfield, Maine.

Michelle Peñaloza is the author of Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire, winner the 2018 Hillary Gravendyk National Poetry Prize, and two chapbooks, landscape/heartbreak, and Last Night I Dreamt of Volcanoes.

Nikki Zielinski’s poems appear in Best New Poets, Cincinnati Review, Ecotone, Vinyl, and PANK. Since earning an MFA in poetry from the University of Oregon, she has received residencies from Djerassi, Vermont Studio Center, and the Rasmuson Foundation, and an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council.

Tessa Hulls

Cynthia Dewi Oka is author of two books of poems, Salvage and Nomad of Salt and Hard Water. A Pushcart Prize nominee, she has received the Fifth Wednesday Journal Editor's Prize in Poetry, and grants from the Leeway Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, and VONA. She studies poetry at Warren Wilson.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center