S152. Postcards from My Bed: How Autoimmunity Shapes Form, Practice, and Career

Status: Not Accepted

Room 007C, Henry B. González Convention Center, River Level
Saturday, March 7, 2020
10:35 am to 11:50 am


This panel features writers whose experiences with autoimmunity have informed their writing practices. Panelists who write, edit, and teach in multiple genres will address how their perspectives shifted in relation to character and agency, plot and time, and structure or poetic form. They will discuss how they navigate these topics with editors, interviewers, and readers and how moving between illness and wellness affect how they move between creative and professional work, and poetry and prose.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_2020_Postcards_from_my_Bed_Autoimmunity_Panel_Outline.pdf



Alexa Weinstein holds an MFA from Mills College. Her written work has appeared on Essay Daily and the Brevity blog, and she regularly performs her live work. She is currently finishing her first book: a collection of essays about finding a place in language where you can speak from all your parts.

Katie Willingham is the author of Unlikely Designs. She is the poetry editor for Michigan Quarterly Review and has taught writing at the University of Michigan. Her poems have appeared in Bennington Review, Kenyon Review, Poem-A-Day, Colorado Review, and others.

Judy Halebsky is the author of the poetry collections Tree Line, Sky=Empty, and the chapbook Space/Gap/Interval/Distance. Her honors include fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Millay Colony. She directs the low-residency MFA program at Dominican University of California.

Jennifer Militello is the author of the nonfiction book Knock Wood as well as four collections of poetry: A Camouflage of Specimens and Garments; Body Thesaurus; Flinch of Song; and Anchor Chain, Open Sail. She teaches in the MFA program at New England College.

giovanni singleton is a poet, professor, yoga teacher, and founding editor of nocturnes (re)view of the literary arts, a journal of the African Diaspora and other contested spaces. She is author of Ascension, winner of the California Book Award Gold Medal, and AMERICAN LETTERS: works on paper.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

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