S125. CANCELLED: The Future Is Female and Fantastic

Status: Not Accepted

Room 207, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Saturday, March 7, 2020
9:00 am to 10:15 am


More and more writers are flouting the conventions of “realistic” fiction by incorporating surrealism, myth, horror, and black comedy into their narratives. Four writers of compellingly weird and weirdly compelling fiction discuss the fabulist writing that inspires them and how the reality of unreality allows them to push boundaries in their own work, dig deeper into the strange, fantastic, and absurd truths of female experience, and evocatively reflect how it feels to live in the world.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_2020_Event_Outline-The_Future_is_Female_and_Fantastic.pdf



Mimi Lok is the author of the story collection Last of Her Name. The title story was a finalist for the 2018 Katherine Anne Porter Fiction Prize, and she is the recipient of a Smithsonian Ingenuity Award and an Ylvisaker Award for Fiction.

Rita Bullwinkel is the author of the story collection Belly Up, which won the Believer Book Award. She is a contributing editor of NOON and an editor at large for McSweeney's. She is a recipient of grants and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf, and the Sewanee Writers' Conference.

Anita Felicelli is the author of Chimerica: A Novel and the short story collection Love Songs for a Lost Continent, which won the 2016 Mary Roberts Rinehart Fiction contest.

Meng Jin’s debut novel Little Gods is forthcoming. Her short fiction appears or is forthcoming in the Threepenny Review, Ploughshares, the Masters Review, and elsewhere. She is a Kundiman Fellow, David TK Wong Fellow, Elizabeth George Grantee, and Steinbeck Fellow.


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