F140. CANCELLED: Make Yourself at Home: Writing the Familiar from a Distance

Status: Not Accepted

Room 301, Henry B. González Convention Center, Ballroom Level
Friday, March 6, 2020
9:00 am to 10:15 am


How do writers convincingly render the places that shaped them as their distance from those places increases? If our lived experience of a place is a form of research, what are its limits as time passes? How can we avoid falling back on long-held assumptions about a setting we used to know intimately? Five writers whose writing is deeply associated with a particular place and who live outside of it will discuss their strategies for rendering settings simultaneously familiar and distant.

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Jennine Capó Crucet is the author of My Time Among the Whites, Make Your Home Among Strangers, and How to Leave Hialeah. Her work has received numerous awards, and her novel has been an all-campus/first-year read at over twenty-five colleges. She works as an associate professor at the University of Nebraska.

Helena Maria Viramontes is the author of two novels, Under the Feet of Jesus, and Their Dogs Came With Them. She is the Goldwin Smith Professor of English in creative writing at Cornell University and is currently working on her third novel about war The Cemetery Boys.

Laura van den Berg is the author of two novels, most recently The Third Hotel, and two story collections. Her third collection, I Hold a Wolf by the Ears, is forthcoming. Her honors include the Rosenthal Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, the Bard Fiction Prize, and an O. Henry Award

Tiphanie Yanique is the author the novel, Land of Love and Drowning, winner of the First Novel Award from the Center for Fiction and the Rosenthal Family Award of the American Academy of Arts & Letters. Her collection of poems, Wife, won the 2016 Forward/Felix Dennis Prize for a first book of poems.

Manuel Muñoz is the author of a novel, What You See in the Dark, and two collections, Zigzagger and The Faith Healer of Olive Avenue, which was shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. The recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award, he teaches at the University of Arizona.


February 7–10, 2024
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Kansas City Convention Center