S123. CANCELLED: Writing the Mother Wound, A Reading

Status: Not Accepted

Room 206A, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Saturday, March 7, 2020
9:00 am to 10:15 am


We live in a culture that insists that we sacrifice ourselves at the altar of the mother, and are shamed when we refuse. How do we push back on the imposed silences, and what can we do to make work around the mother wound inclusive and intersectional? Five multi-genre writers of color will address the complex realities of mother-daughter relationships and interrogate how legacies of slavery, racism, colonization, and immigration have shaped those relationships.



Vanessa Martir has been published in Longreads, The Rumpus, The Washington Post, and Roxane Gay’s anthology Not That Bad, among others. She is the founder of the Writing Our Lives Workshop and the Writing the Mother Wound class. Vanessa is working on her memoir, A Dim Capacity for Wings.

Jaquira Díaz is the author of the forthcoming Ordinary Girls and the recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and the Kenyon Review. Her work appears in The Best American Essays, Longreads, and the New York Times Style Magazine.

Leslie Contreras Schwartz is a multi-genre writer from Houston. She is the author of the collections of poems Nightbloom & Cenote and Fuego and is the current Houston poet laureate.

H’Rina DeTroy is a hapa Montagnard American memoirist, essayist and creative writing instructor. She's the recipient of Aspen Word's 2019 Emerging Writer Fellowship. Her essay "The Vengeance of Elephants" was chosen for the 2017 Curt Johnson Prose Award in Creative Nonfiction, selected by Roxane Gay.

Nana-Ama Danquah


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center