S129. CANCELLED: The Borderlands of Latinx Poetics and Disability Studies

Room 211, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Saturday, March 7, 2020
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Susan Sontag writes, “Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship… the kingdom of the well and in the kingdom of the sick.” Most of us end up with a “good passport” for our lives, even if at times, we “identify… as citizens” of the “kingdom of sick.” But what happens to the poet who remains a “citizen of that other place?” This panel will focus on intersections of disability, poetry, and creativity. Panelists will explore disability and writing as a kind of borderland space and metaphor.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Panel_Outline_AWP_March_2020.pdf



M. Soledad Caballero is Professor of English at Allegheny College.Her scholarship focuses on British Romanticism, WGSS, and interdisciplinarity. Her poetry has appeared in the Missouri Review, Memorious, the Crab Orchard Review, and other venues.

Jasminne Mendez is an award winning author, performance poet, and educator. She received her BA in English literature and her MEd in curriculum and instruction from the University of Houston. She is the author of two hybrid collections of poetry and essays.

Vanessa Angelica Villarreal is the author of Beast Meridian. She is the recipient of a 2019 Whiting Award, a 2018 Texas Institute of Letters John A. Robertson Award for Best First Book of Poetry, a Friends of Literature Prize from Poetry, and was a 2019 Kate Tufts Discovery Award finalist.

Carolina Ebeid received a 2015/2016 NEA Fellowship and awards from the Stadler Center, CantoMundo, and Bread Loaf Writers Conference. She holds an MFA from the Michener Center and is a doctoral student at the University of Denver. You Ask Me to Talk about the Interior is her first poetry collection.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center