F119. Asian, American, and In-Between: Storytelling beyond the White Gaze

Room 007C, Henry B. González Convention Center, River Level
Friday, March 6, 2020
9:00 am to 10:15 am


What is it like to write for one’s own community rather than a predominantly white publishing world? And what happens when what one identifies as one’s community is not what others expect? This panel representing different genres, with diverse connections to being South Asian in America, will tackle questions that inevitably arise about their writing, their audience, and expectations they feel--both internal and external—to be “authentic” torchbearers of a culture that itself is very divided.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Asian_American_In_Between.pdf



Shikha Malaviya is cofounder of The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective, a mentorship model press dedicated to new voices from India and the Indian diaspora. She has been a featured TEDx speaker, AWP mentor, and has been nominated for the Pushcart prize. Her book of poems is Geography of Tongues.

Namrata Poddar writes fiction, nonfiction, and curates a series on race, power and storytelling as interviews editor for Kweli. Her debut collection of stories titled Ladies Special, Homebound was a finalist for Feminist Press's 2018 Louise Meriwether First Book Prize.

Suhasini Yeeda earned her MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College in 2015 and has since published both fiction and book reviews at a variety of small lit magazines. Her short story "Dream State" was nominated for Pushcart Prize XLI, The Best American Short Stories, and Best of the Net.

Anjali Mitter Duva is a writer, dancer, and educator and the author of Faint Promise of Rain, a historical novel. She is a cofounder of the Chhandam Institute of Kathak Dance and of the Arlington Author Salon.

Chaitali Sen


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center