R166. CANCELLED: Making Place in Hybrid Tongues

Status: Not Accepted

Room 216A, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
10:35 am to 11:50 am


This panel highlights the work of writers who explore remembered and imagined attachments with place. Featuring five women of color whose living and writing transcend national borders and literary genres, the panel asks whether the places we navigate demand their own hybrid literary forms. Writers who wear multiple tags—novelist, memoirist, poet, translator, critic—read from new work. These works embody aesthetic and political choices involved in representing locales across genres.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Event_Outline_AWP_2020.pdf



Sehba Sarwar's essays, short stories, and poems have appeared in The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Creative Times Report, Callaloo, and elsewhere. A second edition of her novel Black Wings was released in 2019. Sarwar tackles border/immigration issues through longterm writing and art projects.

Nadia Misir’s writing has been published or is forthcoming in Kweli Journal, Papercuts, Poetry, and elsewhere. She is a former Asian American Writers’ Workshop Open City fellow and MFA candidate at Queens College, CUNY.

Minerva Laveaga Luna is a Mexican writer living in the US. She holds an MFA in creative writing from UTEP. She is a cofounding editor and publisher of Veliz Books and she is an associate professor at El Paso Community College. Her fiction and creative nonfiction is anthologized in Argentina and the U.S.

Sorayya Khan is the author of the novels Noor, Five Queen’s Road, and City of Spies, winner of Best Fiction Book at the Sharjah Book Fair. A recipient of a Fulbright Research Grant, her personal essays have appeared in Guernica and Longreads. She is working on a memoir.

Torsa Ghosal is the author of an experimental novel, Open Couplets. Her personal essays have appeared in Literary Hub, Catapult, and Entropy. Her fiction was shortlisted for the 2017 DNA-Out of Print Prize. She is a professor of English at California State University and is at work on a second novel.


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