S175. Writing the Difficult with Fabulist Elements

Room 302, Henry B. González Convention Center, Ballroom Level
Saturday, March 7, 2020
10:35 am to 11:50 am


When myth and magic coexist with domestic concerns in literature, the ordinary is amplified. As within magical realism, incorporating fabulist elements allows a focus in which painful subjects can be eyed from a comfortable distance. Our panel will explore critical ideas about domestic fabulism in women’s writing; concentrating on poems that address common, yet difficult, events through mysticism and highlighting the safe narrative spaces this genre offers, especially to marginalized stories.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Outline_AWP_Panel_Writing_the_Difficult_with_Fabulist_Elements.docx



Catherine Moore is the author of Wetlands and Ulla! Ulla! and coeditor of Fiolet & Wing. Her poetry appears in Southampton Review, Mid-American Review, and others. A Walker Percy and Hambidge fellow, she won the Southeast Review’s Gearheart Poetry Prize, and has been awarded a Nashville MetroArts grant.

paulA neves is the author of the poetry chapbook capricornucopia (the dream of the goats) and the coauthor of the poetry/photography chapbook Shirts & Skins. She is also a visual artist whose work has appeared in various GlassBook Project collections and other exhibits.

Nandini Dhar is a bilingual poet who writes in English and her native language, Bangla. She is the author of three books, one in English, and two in Bangla: Historians of Redundant Moments, Jitakshara, and Ma-Rupak Khelchhi Na.

Melinda Palacio is the author of the novel, Ocotillo Dreams, the poetry collections Folsom Lockdow, How Fire Is a Story, Waiting, and Bird Forgiveness. She writes a column for La Bloga and teaches workshops on fiction and poetry.

Erin Elizabeth Smith is the creative director at the Sundress Academy for the Arts and author of two full-length collections. Her poems have appeared in Mid-American Review, 32 Poems, Zone 3, and more. She teaches at the University of Tennessee and serves as the managing editor of Sundress Publications.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center