R187. CANCELLED: Centering Immigrant and Refugee Narratives: A Craft Perspective

Status: Not Accepted

Room 206B, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


Viet Thanh Nguyen writes, “True justice is creating a world” where displaced persons can “tell their stories and be heard, rather than be dependent on a writer or a representative.” This panel examines representational strategies for writing refugee and immigrant stories as justly as possible. The panelists focus on practical ways to develop a co-writing relationship, interview around trauma, structure narratives, challenge stereotypes, and create essential spaces in a crowded publishing field.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_PANEL_OUTLINE,_Centering_Immigrant_and_Refugee_Narratives.docx



Jessica Goudeau is the author of After the Last Border (forthcoming); she's written for Catapult, the Atlantic, Washington Post, Teen Vogue, LA Times, and others. She has a PhD from the University of Texas, co-founded a nonprofit with Burmese refugee artisans, and was a Mellon Writing Fellow.

Dina Nayeri is the author of The Ungrateful Refugee. She has been published in 20+ countries, and been included in O Henry Prize and Best American Short Stories anthologies. Winner of NEA Literature grant, UNESCO Paul Engle Prize, and Columbia II&I Fellow, she has written for New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Guardian, Granta, and others. She has an MFA from Iowa and an MBA from Harvard.

Jenna Krajeski is a journalist and writer most recently covering culture and protest movements in the Middle East, and human trafficking in the U.S. She is the coauthor with Nobel Laureate Nadia Murad of Ms. Murad's memoir of ISIS captivity, The Last Girl, and a reporter at The Fuller Project.

Megha Majumdar is associate editor at Catapult, where she works on both books and the online magazine. She grew up in India, and studied anthropology at Johns Hopkins and at Harvard. @MeghaMaj.

Krystal Sital is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Secrets We Kept. A PEN Award finalist, her essays are forthcoming in the anthologies A Map Is Only One Story and Fury: Women’s Lived Experiences of the Trump Era. Her work can also be found in Elle, The New York Times, and Catapult.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center