S141. Women at the Trenches: Writing of War in the Americas

Room 218, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Saturday, March 7, 2020
9:00 am to 10:15 am


War is the most extreme act of violence and, as Svetlana Aleksievich states, it has a man’s face. The rise of violence in the Americas is impossible to ignore; therefore more women writers are representing the feminine and, thus, invisible pain, trauma, and loss war inflicts. Our reading travels multigenre lands to address issues such as the Shining Path insurgency in Perú, the narco-war at the Frontera, gender violence in México, and the intimate terrorism women are constantly subjected to.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_2020_outline.docx



Sylvia Aguilar-Zéleny received her MFA in creative writing from the University of Texas at El Paso. She is a bilingual author. Her work has been included in anthologies of Korea, Peru, Mexico, and the US. She currently coordinates Casa Octavia, a writing residency for women in El Paso, TX.

Cristina Rivera Garza is an award-winning author of novels, collections of short stories, and poetry books, and a distinguished professor of Hispanic studies and creative writing at the University of Houston. She has theorized the link between writing and community in our violent times.

Julie Carr is the author of five books of poetry, including 100 Notes on Violence, Sarah--Of Fragments and Lines, RAG, and Think Tank. Prose books include Surface Tension: Ruptural Time and the Poetics of Desire in Late Victorian Poetry and Objects from a Borrowed Confession.

Claudia Salazar-Jiménez is a Peruvian born writer and scholar. She holds a PhD from NYU. Her debut novel Blood of the Dawn was awarded the Las Americas Narrative Prize of Novel in 2014. She also received the TUMI-USA Award in 2015.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center