United We Stand: How Diverse Collections Create Space

Thursday, March 24, 2022
3:20 pm to 4:20 pm


Literature provides some solace, even after a global pandemic, widespread racial unrest, and the Capitol attack. And while America’s still healing, the diverse anthology/edited collection is one substantive and impactful way to unite voices. Now more than ever, more women, POC, and queer writers are leading and creating our own spaces for diverse narratives. The editors in this panel discuss projects they directed alongside the challenges and triumphs they faced organizing and pitching them.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: UnitedwestandAWPOutline.pdf
Supplemental Document 1: A_Boy_Taught_Me.pdf
Supplemental Document 2: Laura_Hershey_Monster_Body_Poem.pdf
Supplemental Document 3: Finding_the_Divine.pdf



celeste doaks is a poet and journalist who has published widely in the US and the UK. She's the author of Cornrows and Cornfields and the award-winning chapbook American Herstory. She is also the editor of the poetry anthology Not Without Our Laughter. You can find her at www.doaksgirl.com.

Niki Herd is coeditor of Laura Hershey: On the Life & Work of an American Master. She has work forthcoming from Oxford University Press and Copper Nickel. She earned her PhD from the University of Houston and is currently a visting writer in residence at Washington University in St. Louis.

Jake Young is the author of the poetry collections American Oak, What They Will Say, All I Wanted, and the essay collection True Terroir. He received his PhD from the University of Missouri, and he serves as the poetry editor for the Chicago Quarterly Review. jake-young.com

Susan Muaddi Darraj won the American Book Award for A Curious Land: Stories from Home, winner of the 2014 AWP Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction. A USA Ford Fellow, Susan teaches in Johns Hopkins' MA in writing program. Her children's book series Farah Rocks was published in 2020.

dave ring is a queer writer of speculative fiction living in Washington, DC. He is also the publisher and managing editor of Neon Hemlock Press and the coeditor of Baffling Magazine. Find him online at www.dave-ring.com or @slickhop on Twitter.


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Kansas City Convention Center