R116. CANCELLED: Spoken Identities: Crafting Character through Slang and Multilingualism

Room 006D, Henry B. González Convention Center, River Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Writers consider how both spoken and internal dialogue is used to create character, as well as illustrate relationships and dynamics between individuals and society at large. Through use of slang, multilingualism, and culturally specific syntax and vocabulary, writers situate characters in a particular time and place. Dialogue allows one to show characters' lives rather than tell about them, making it a powerful tool to avoid tokenism, while exploring the full diversity of people's experiences.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_Event_Outline.docx



Emma Ramadan is a translator based in Providence, RI, where she co-owns Riffraff bookstore and bar. She's received an NEA Fellowship, a Fulbright, and a PEN/Heim grant. Her translations include Sphinx by Anne Garréta, Pretty Things by Virginie Despentes, and Me and Other Writing by Marguerite Duras.

Juliana Delgado Lopera is an award-winning writer/oral historian. She’s the author of ¡Cuéntamelo!, an illustrated bilingual collection of oral histories by LGBT Latino immigrants, awarded the Regen Ginaa Grant, and the executive director of RADAR Productions.

Ivelisse Rodriguez is the author of Love War Stories, a 2019 PEN/Faulkner finalist and a 2018 Foreword Reviews INDIES finalist. She curates an interview series focused on contemporary Puerto Rican writers. She has taught creative writing at various universities.

Joseph Cassara is the author of The House of Impossible Beauties, which won the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction, and is a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award. He is a graduate of Columbia and the Iowa Writers' Workshop and has received fellowships from MacDowell and the Fine Arts Work Center.

Wayétu Moore is the founder of One Moore Book and is a graduate of Howard University, Columbia University, and the University of Southern California. She teaches at the City University of New York’s John Jay College.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center