F221. Who Are We Writing Difference For?

Room 205, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Friday, March 6, 2020
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


Three writers of color reflect on questions of audience, secret-bearing (and secret-sharing), and the very fraught but necessary topic of how publishing views narratives of immense complexity, conflict, fragmentation, and ambivalence when shaped by writers whom publishers seem eager to label ("oppressed Asian female," "traumatized minority," etc.). How do the internal and external struggles to be heard define us? We will share scenes of confrontation, hard choices, and critical steps in our craft.



Chaya Bhuvaneswar is the author of White Dancing Elephants, winner of the Dzanc Books Story Prize and finalist for the PEN Bingham Award for Debut Story Collections. Her work has appeared in Narrative magazine, Tin HousePloughsharesJoylandMichigan Quarterly ReviewThe Millions, and elsewhere.

Tyrese Coleman is an essayist and fiction writer. She is the author of How To Sit, a 2019 PEN Open Book Award Finalist.

Abeer Y. Hoque is a Nigerian-born Bangladeshi American writer and photographer. She has published a monograph of travel photographs and poems (The Long Way Home), a book of linked stories, poems, and photographs (The Lovers and the Leavers), and a memoir (Olive Witch).

Shazia Hafiz Ramji is the author of Port of Being, a finalist for the 2019 BC Book Prizes (Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize). Her work has appeared in Best Canadian Poetry 2019, Poetry Northwest, and Music & Literature. She is at work on a novel drawn from autobiography and family history.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

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