R172. The Poetics of Anzaldúa in Contemporary Poetry

Room 302, Henry B. González Convention Center, Ballroom Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
10:35 am to 11:50 am


Gloria Anzaldúa's work in Borderlands/La Frontera considers hyphenated identities and experience by engaging ancestral histories, violence, and the impetus behind crossing/transcending these borders of identity/experience. What does it mean to risk joy in pursuit of happiness and write into the red ink? Our panelists include writers who engage with Anzaldúa’s poetics and how it informs their own respective crafts.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: 2020_AWP_Event_Outline_-_Anzaldúa.docx



Sebastian Hasani Paramo is a doctoral candidate at the University of North Texas. He edits The Boiler and the Rossetti Broadside Prize for American Literary Review. His poems have appeared in Southwest Review, North American Review, Salt Hill, Huizache, and elsewhere.

Natalie Scenters-Zapico is the author of Lima :: Limón and The Verging Cities. A professor at University of Puget Sound, she's won awards and fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, PEN America, CantoMundo, and a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sergeant Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation.

Ángel García is the author of Teeth Never Sleep, winner of the 2018 CantoMundo Poetry Prize. A CantoMundo fellow and a recipient of the Lukas Riveros Amani Fellowship from Vermont Studio Center, his poems have been included in American Poetry Review, McSweeney's, Crab Orchard Review, and Huizache.

Casandra Lopez, a Chicana/Cahuilla/Tongva/Luiseño writer is the author of the poetry collection Brother Bullet and cofounder and editor in chief of As/Us. A CantoMundo and Jack Straw fellow, and Santa Fe Art Institute, SAR, and Hedgebrook resident, she teaches at Northwest Indian College.

Joseph Rios is a poet and the author of Shadowboxing: Poems and Impersonations, winner of the Before Columbus American Book Award and named a notable debut by Poets and Writers. He has been published in the Rumpus, San Francisco Chronicle, The Normal School, Southern Humanities Review, and elsewhere.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center