Research & Reckoning: How Nonfiction Research Allows Us to Reckon with the Past

Friday, March 25, 2022
12:10 pm to 1:10 pm


In an interview, Melissa Febos writes, “The page has always been a place of reckoning for me.” In this panel, five writers—all from different backgrounds—will discuss how research in nonfiction has allowed them to reckon with the past. We will explore how different forms of research—from interviews to old letters to library archives to photographs to literary theory—led us to the centers of our own stories and took us deeper into larger conversations about race, disability, and sexuality.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWPPanelOutlineNonfictionResearch.pdf



Nikki Lyssy is an MFA candidate at the University of South Florida, where she studies creative nonfiction. She is working on a memoir about her experiences as a person who is blind and teaches composition and creative writing courses. Her work can be found in Hobart, Sweet, and Essay Daily.

Julia Koets is the author of The Rib Joint: A Memoir in Essays, PINE, and Hold Like Owls. Her work has been published in Creative Nonfiction, Indiana Review, the Los Angeles Review, the Journal, and others. She teaches creative writing at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

Natalie Lima is a Cuban Puerto Rican writer and an MFA candidate in creative nonfiction at the University of Arizona. Her essays and fiction have been published or are forthcoming in Longreads, Guernica, Brevity, the Offing, Catapult, and elsewhere. Find her on Twitter at @natalielime09.

Minda Honey is a Louisville, Kentucky-based writer. Her debut collection of essays, An Anthology of Assholes, is forthcoming summer 2023. Find her work at ESPN’s the Undefeated, Longreads, Catapult, Salon.com, and elsewhere.

LaTanya McQueen is the author of the essay collection And It Begins Like This and the novel When the Reckoning Comes. She is an assistant professor at Coe College.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center