F265. Badass Women in Real Life: Fiction and Memoir of Survival, Resistance, and Kinship

Room 214A, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Friday, March 6, 2020
3:20 pm to 4:35 pm


Four women writing memoir, fiction, and essays talk about real life stories of mothers, aunts, sisters, and daughters in family histories of Detroit, California, Hawaii, and elsewhere, how narratives of female resistance and survival are entwined with loyalty and bravery, how these women formed family in America of ancestors of African American, Mexican American, Asian American, indigenous, and immigrant women. How do we make oral narratives into fiction and memoir, honoring the tellers?

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Outline_for_AWP_2020.docx



Susan Straight's new memoir is In the Country of Women. She has published eight novels, including A Million Nightingales, Between Heaven and Here, and Highwire Moon. She is critic at large for the Los Angeles Times, and Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at University of California, Riverside.

Bridgett M. Davis is the author of the memoir The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother's Life In The Detroit Numbers, a New York Times Editors' Choice, and the novels Into the Go-Slow and Shifting Through Neutral. She is a professor at Baruch College, CUNY, where she teaches creative writing.

Helena Maria Viramontes is the author of two novels, Under the Feet of Jesus, and Their Dogs Came With Them. She is the Goldwin Smith Professor of English in creative writing at Cornell University and is currently working on her third novel about war The Cemetery Boys.

Rahna Reiko Rizzuto, American Book Award winner and NBCC Finalist, is the author of Shadow Child, Hiroshima in the Morning, and Why She Left Us. She is a U.S./Japan Creative Artist Fellow; Hedgebrook alumna; faculty at Goddard College, advisor for the Clockhouse journal, and founder of Pele's Fire.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center