R217. CANCELLED: Navigating Residencies as a Writer of Color

Status: Not Accepted

Room 007B, Henry B. González Convention Center, River Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


We have seen an influx of fellowship support for writers of color, however, the numbers in attendance remain low. How do we navigate residencies as writers of color? What tools or strategies can we take with us to these places where we might feel vulnerable? Panelists who have attended residencies and retreats such as The MacDowell Colony, Ragdale Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Macondo, Lambda Literary, VONA, and others will speak to their experiences.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_Panel_Navigating_Residencies_as_BIPOC_Outline.pdf



Amanda Galvan Huynh is the author of Songs of Brujería and co-editor of Of Color: Poets' Ways of Making Anthology. She has received support from the MacDowell Colony, Vermont Studio Center, Sewanee Writers' Conference, Sundress Academy for the Arts, and Squaw Valley.

Rowena Alegría is chief storyteller for the City of Denver. A 2019 Jack Jones and Vermont Studio Center fellow and a 2018 Writing by Writers Fellow, she’s a Macondista with an MFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts. A journalist, communications exec, and speech writer, she is writing a novel.

Alyssa Songsiridej's writing can be found at The Offing, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, and QWERTY. Her work has been honored by VCCA, the Ragdale Foundation, and VSC. She is also editor in chief of Storyscape Journal.

Mike Soto is a first generation Mexican American poet. His forthcoming book, A Grave Is Given Supper, takes place along a fictional US-Mexico border town during the Calderon-era drug war.

Kay Ulanday Barrett is a poet, performer, and educator. K. has featured on stages globally with offerings in New York Times, PBS News Hour, The Margins, Lambda Literary Review, VIDA Review, RaceForward, F(r)iction, and Apogee. They have two poetry books, When The Chant Comes and More Than Organs.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center