Research as Survival: On Archival Research as Creative Practice & Reparative Act

120C, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 100 Level
Saturday, March 26, 2022
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


“I do not intend to speak about, just nearby,” Trinh T. Minh-ha says in her film Reassemblage, critiquing the documentary genre. What does it mean to speak nearby, as women writers who practice archival research and make work in conversation with difficult histories? How do we reclaim and remake the act of research itself? How do we speak with, without speaking for? Join us for a conversation on the joys, challenges, ethics, and possibilities of research as creative practice and reparative act.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Research_As_Survival_Panel_Outline_AWP_2022.pdf



Sophia Stid is a poet from California. She is the Ecotone Postgraduate Fellow at UNC Wilmington, where she teaches creative writing. She received her MFA from Vanderbilt University in 2019.

Kathryn Nuernberger’s latest book is The Witch of Eye, about witches and witch trials. She is also the author of the poetry collections, RUE, The End of Pink, and Rag & Bone, as well as a collection of lyric essays, Brief Interviews with the Romantic Past. She teaches at University of Minnesota.

Chet’la Sebree is the author of Field Study and Mistress. For her work, she has received fellowships and awards from the Academy of American Poets, Hedgebrook, MacDowell, and Yaddo. Currently she directs the Stadler Center for Poetry & Literary Arts and teaches at Bucknell University.

Jennifer Loyd is a PhD candidate at Texas Tech and a former editor for West Branch and Copper Nickel. For her poetry investigating marine biologist Rachel Carson, she has received a Stadler Fellowship and travel grants for research at the Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library.

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