S185. Crossing the Line: Jewish Writers on the Taboo

Room 007C, Henry B. González Convention Center, River Level
Saturday, March 7, 2020
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


Jewish writers sometimes feel free to write about abortion, guns, divorce, and sex. Yet they continue to have a conflictual identity, passing as white and yet remaining outsiders and subject to increasing anti-Semitism. As racism and white supremacy are on the rise, how has the complicated identity of Jewish-identified writers entered their work: Their perceived privilege as well as their status as Other? Do they censor themselves or find some subjects are taboo for them?

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_Event_Outline_for_Crossing_the_Line.pdf



Sharon Dolin has published six poetry books, most recently Manual for Living, Whirlwind, and Burn and Dodge (AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry winner), plus her translations from Catalan, Book of Minutes by Gemma Gorga. Associate editor at Barrow Street, she directs Writing about Art in Barcelona.

Nancy Naomi Carlson has authored 10 titles, including 6 translations. A BTBA finalist, she is a recipient of grants from the NEA and Maryland Arts Council and was decorated with the French Academic Palms. An Infusion of Violets was called "new & noteworthy" by the the NY Times Book Review.

Lisa Olstein is the author of four poetry collections, most recently, Late Empire, and a book-length lyric-essay Pain Studies. She teaches in the New Writers Project and Michener Center for Writers MFA programs at UT Austin.

Jacqueline Osherow is author of eight books of poetry, most recently My Lookalike at the Krishna Temple. She’s received the Witter Bynner Prize and grants from the NEA, Guggenheim, and Ingram Merrill Foundations. She is Distinguished Professor at the University of Utah.

Jill Pearlman is a poet. In Mirrors, she works with midrash by pairing Avivah Zornberg's texts with her own probing spiky poems. She is the author of Beyond the Pale, about the dark woods of Lithuanian history. For decades she worked as a music and arts journalist and continues to profile musicians.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center