R142. Westward, Ho! Manifest Destiny Reconfigured

Room 304, Henry B. González Convention Center, Ballroom Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
9:00 am to 10:15 am


By examining the post-Civil War Cherokee Nation West, the Battle of Santiago Bay, the Spanish conquest of California, and the Alamo in their fiction, panelists place women in these violent narratives of westward expansion and conquest, upending the traditional view of women as victims or ciphers. Additionally, the novelists describe the liberties, opportunities, obligations and pitfalls of writing, researching, and publishing historical fiction.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Westward_Ho_Outline.docx



Kathryn Locey is professor of English at Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia. Her short fiction and poetry have appeared in such places as Copperfield Review, Staccato, Able Muse, Paper Nautilus, and the Christian Science Monitor.

Emma Pérez has published an academic monograph, feminist/queer essays, and three novels. Gulf Dreams is a Chicana lesbian coming-out tale. Forgetting the Alamo, Or, Blood Memory, an historical novel, received five awards/recognition, and recently she published Electra's Complex, an erotic mystery.

Lorraine M. López, Gertrude Conaway Chair, teaches in the MFA program at Vanderbilt University. She is the author of seven books of fiction, editor of three essay collections, and associate editor of the Afro-Hispanic Review. Her most recent publication is Postcards from the Gerund State, Stories.

Lynn Pruett has published a novel, and stories and essays in Michigan Quarterly Review, Border Crossing, Southern Exposure, Arts & Letters, and Farmer's Pride. She's received the Al Smith Fellowship, the Joanna Scott Award, and had a residency at Yaddo.

Margaret Verble's first novel, Maud's Line, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2016. Her second novel, Cherokee America is a prequel set in Indian Territory 1875. Margaret is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center