R132. Another Voice in My Mouth: Persona in Poetry and Prose

Redwood Room, Sheraton Seattle, 2nd Floor
Thursday, February 27, 2014
10:30 am to 11:45 am


This interdisciplinary panel features five writers whose work puts significant distance between speaker and writer—whether by writing across gender, setting, historical time, or conventions of language—to reimagine, challenge, and expand the writer’s or narrator’s persona. Each panelist will provide a short rhetorical and practical framework that focuses on crafting these voices before presenting representative work from inside and outside the classroom.



Holly M. Wendt teaches writing and literature at Casper College and he is the director of the Equality State Book Festival. Her fiction and nonfiction has appeared most recently in Hobart's baseball issue, The Classical, and the Rumpus.

Kathryn Henion’s fiction has appeared in the Briar Cliff Review, Confrontation, the MacGuffin, and RE:AL, and was a finalist in Writecorner Press’s short fiction contest. She earned a PhD in English from Binghamton University, where she served as editor of Harpur Palate.

Claire Hero is the author of four volumes of poetry, including Sing, Mongrel, afterpastures, and Dollyland. She teaches in the Creative Writing program at the State University of New York-New Paltz.

Deborah Poe’s books include the last will be stone, too, Hélène, Elements, and Our Parenthetical Ontology. She also co-edited Between Worlds: An Anthology of Contemporary Fiction and Criticism. Her writing regularly appears in journals. She is assistant professor of English at Pace University.

Virginia Shank teaches at Irvine Valley College and writes poetry. Her work has appeared online and in print journals, including Oregon Literary Review, Rhino, and others. She has worked with several journals, including Fugue and Harpur Palate, and is working to resurrect The Ear in Southern California.


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