R118. CANCELLED: Who Are Adoptees and Who Has the Right to Write about Them?

Room 007B, Henry B. González Convention Center, River Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Books featuring adoption have garnered attention in recent years, and yet, many portrayals of adoptees in literature continue to be one-dimensional. This panel will take a critical look at adoptee representations in several examples of contemporary literature in order to interrogate the ways in which adoptee narratives reflect broader understandings of adoptee identity. We will also examine the consequences that such problematic depictions can have on US-international relations and policy-making

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_Event_Outline.pdf



Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello is the author of Hour of the Ox, winner of the Donald Hall Poetry Prize and a Florida Book Award Bronze Medal. She has received fellowships from Kundiman and the American Literary Translators Association and serves as a program coordinator for Miami Book Fair.

Tiana Nobile is a Pushcart Prize nominee, a Kundiman fellow, and a recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award. A finalist of the National Poetry Series and Kundiman Poetry Prize, she is the author of the chapbook, The Spirit of the Staircase.

Leah Silvieus is a Kundiman fellow and books editor at Hyphen. She is also the author of three poetry collections: Anemochory, Season of Dares, and Arabilis. She is also the coeditor, with Lee Herrick, of the anthology, The World I Leave You: Asian American Poets on Faith and Spirit.

Ansley Moon is the author of the poetry collection How to Bury the Dead. She has received awards and fellowships from Kundiman an Barbara Deming Memorial Fund among others. She was a finalist for the Jake Adam York Poetry Prize and the Emerging Poets Prize from the Great Indian Poetry Collective.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center