S233. Killing the Story to Tell the Self: Innovating Black Women's Narratives

Room 214D, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Saturday, March 7, 2020
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


Innovative Black women poets have contributed much to the landscape of contemporary poetry by challenging traditional conventions of lyric poetry to convey narratives long considered less traditional and unconventional. This panel presents four innovative Black women writers who have reimagined the poetic landscape and now embark on projects of literary narrative in various forms including creative nonfiction and studio art in their pursuit of the authentic story.



Ruth Ellen Kocher's most recent books are Third Voice, Ending in Planes, Goodbye Lyric: The Gigans and Lovely Gun, and domina Un/blued. She teaches poetry, poetics, and literature at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

Dawn Lundy Martin, PhD, is professor in the English department at the University of Pittsburgh. Her books include A Gathering of Matter/A Matter of Gathering; DISCIPLINE; Life in a Box Is a Pretty Life; and GOOD STOCK, STRANGE BLOOD, winner of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award.

Duriel E. Harris is the author of the solo play Thingification and three books of poetry, including Drag, Amnesiac, and the prize winning No Dictionary of a Living Tongue. Editor of Obsidian and co-founder of the Black Took Collective, she is an associate professor of English at ISU in Normal, IL.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center