R238. CANCELLED: Here's Why It Matters: Responding to Contemporary Issues in Fiction

Status: Not Accepted

Room 217D, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


Contemporary issues beyond politics inform fiction, but how important is it for today’s writers to actively engage with these issues on the page? How can cultural engagement create meaningful, enduring fiction? From factory farming to religion in schools, and from gender relations to reimagining Liberia’s founding, these Graywolf Press authors grapple with the world around them. These four authors will read and discuss with editor Steve Woodward how contemporary issues have informed their work.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Fiction_Panel_Outline_Updated.docx



Steve Woodward is an editor at Graywolf Press.

Belle Boggs is the author of The Gulf: A Novel, The Art of Waiting: On Fertility, Medicine, and Motherhood, and Mattaponi Queen: Stories. She directs the MFA program at North Carolina State University.

Deb Olin Unferth is the author of six books, including the novel Barn 8. Her work appears in Harper's, The Paris Review, Tin House, Vice, and Granta. She received a Guggenheim fellowship, a Creative Capital Grant, four Pushcart Prizes, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Susan Steinberg is the author of the novel Machine and the story collections Spectacle, Hydroplane and The End of Free Love. She teaches at the University of San Francisco.

Wayétu Moore is the founder of One Moore Book and is a graduate of Howard University, Columbia University, and the University of Southern California. She teaches at the City University of New York’s John Jay College.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center