S124. New America

Room 615/616/617, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
Saturday, March 1, 2014
9:00 am to 10:15 am


We frequently see celebrations of American diversity through readings of individual ethnic or identity literature. This panel will gather contemporary fiction writers from New America: Contemporary Literature for a Changing Society to celebrate the diversity of American literature by featuring a polyglot of voices from across the spectrum that reflects a range of experiences and backgrounds and frames a contemporary American literature that is at once inclusive, substantial, and well-written.



Holly Messitt is co-editor of New America: Contemporary Literature for a Changing Society. Her work focuses on contemporary literature and drama. She is an associate professor at CUNY/BMCC where she is co-coordinator of the WAC program and former chair of the Writing and Literature program.

Ping Wang published eleven books of poetry and prose, including American Visa, Foreign Devil, Of Flesh and Spirit, Aching for Beauty, and The Magic Whip. She has received NEA, Bush, Lannan, and McKnight Fellowships. She founded and directs the Kinship of Rivers project.

Joan Silber is the author of eight books. She is the winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She has been a finalist for the National Book Award and the Story Prize. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.

Jason England graduated from Wesleyan University with high honors and three awards for fiction, received his MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, was the Carl Djerassi Fiction Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute, and is currently finishing his first novel.

Carlos Hernandez is an associate professor of English at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY. He has published many short stories, poems, a flash-drama, a novella, and a co-written, experimental novel. He is also a game designer and video game consultant.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center