Transnational Writers Speak: Borders, Identity, Solidarity

Friday, March 25, 2022
10:35 am to 11:35 am


What are the pluralities and contradictions we face in pandemic times when fissures the world over have been exacerbated? Five transnational writers read from their works that straddle borders, engaging complex histories of Canada, Haiti, China, India, the Netherlands, Pakistan, and the US. They tell stories rooted in struggles for justice. Their decolonial writings carve out pathways toward solidarity across multiple identities.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Event_Outline_AWP_2022.pdf



Torsa Ghosal is the author of an experimental novella, Open Couplets, and a book of literary criticism, Out of Mind. Her shorter writings have appeared in Necessary Fiction, Literary Hub, and Entropy. She is a professor of English at California State University and is at work on a second novel.

Sehba Sarwar's essays, short stories, and poems have appeared in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, Creative Times Report, and Callaloo. A second edition of her novel Black Wings was released in 2019. She tackles border and immigration issues through long-term writing and art projects.

Sorayya Khan is the author of the forthcoming memoir To Be Thrown and the novels City of Spies, Five Queen’s Road, and Noor. She is at work on a new novel.

Fan Wu is a bilingual writer, translator, book reviewer, and charity executive. She's the author of two novels, February Flowers and Beautiful as Yesterday. Her short stories have appeared in Granta, Ploughshares, and the Missouri Review. Her upcoming novels are Souls Left Behind and Hello, Silence.

Myriam J. A. Chancy is a Guggenheim fellow and HBA chair at Scripps College. She was awarded the Guyana Prize for Literature Caribbean Award in Best Fiction for her novel The Loneliness of Angels; her new novel, What Storm, What Thunder, focuses on the 2010 Haiti earthquake.


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