R190. CANCELLED: Women Writing War: A Poetics Discussion and Poetry Reading

Room 210A, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


"War," Muriel Rukeyser writes, "has been in my writing since I began." This panel showcases five female poets whose work transforms the category of "war poetry." How have their encounters with war and its effects shaped their formal, linguistic, and aesthetic choices? How have they addressed the ethics of representing depictions of violence? Panelists include daughters of Vietnam War refugees and veterans, a mother of a son deployed in Afghanistan, and a feminist scholar of the poetics of war.



Stefania Heim is author of the poetry books Hour Book and A Table That Goes on for Miles and translator of Geometry of Shadows, the Italian poems of Giorgio de Chirico. A scholar of American poetry, she teaches at Western Washington U.

Cathy Linh Che is the author of the poetry collection Split, winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize, the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the Best Poetry Book Award from the Association of Asian American Studies.

Pamela Hart is author of Mothers Over Nangarhar. She is writer-in-residence at the Katonah Museum of Art. She received a poetry fellowship from the NEA. She is a poetry editor for the Afghan Women's Writing Project and As You Were: The Military Review.

Celeste Guzman Mendoza is codirector and cofounder of CantoMundo. Her poetry and essays have been published in various anthologies and journals. Her first collection of poetry is Beneath the Halo.

Deborah Paredez is the author of the poetry volumes, This Side of Skin and Year of the Dog, and the critical study, Selenidad: Selena, Latinos, and the Performance of Memory. She is an associate professor at Columbia University and cofounder of CantoMundo, a national organization for Latinx poets.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center