Four Women: Black Experimental Women Writers on Interdisciplinary Craft

122AB, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 100 Level
Friday, March 25, 2022
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Why would a writer choose to experiment with different forms and work in multiple new and emerging genres? Are there possibilities for newer technologies deepening stories we tell about social justice and change? How can we encourage greater participation from writers with fewer resources or technological access? Four writers will discuss their own daring, insightful work, along with the work of innovative writers Rachel Eliza Griffiths and Duriel Harris, and the ways we build brilliant futures.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Outline__Four_Women_(4).pdf



Rochelle Spencer is author of AfroSurrealism: The African Diaspora's Surrealist Fiction and coeditor, with Jina Ortiz, of All About Skin: Short Fiction by Women of Color.

Shay Youngblood is an Atlanta-based writer, visual artist, and educator. Author of the novel Black Girl in Paris, her current project is The Architecture of Soul Sound, a multimedia performance about architecture, memory, and the environment, inspired by research in Japan, China, and the United States.

Opal Moore serves on the editorial board of Obsidian reading hybrid fiction submissions. Her current writing project, "Children of Passage," is a collaborative suite of poems and images with Panamanian American visual artist Arturo Lindsay.

Chantal James has been published across genres in Catapult, Transition Magazine, and more. Her honors include a Fulbright to Morocco and being named a finalist for the Alex Albright Creative Nonfiction Prize for 2019. Her novel None but the Righteous was published in January 2022.

Kyla Marshell is a creative and freelance writer whose poems, essays, interviews and reviews have appeared in the Guardian, the Believer, Blackbird, Vinyl Poetry, Kinfolk, and elsewhere. She holds a BA from Spelman College and an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College.


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