Women Writing Crime

Rooms 435-436, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 4
Thursday, March 9, 2023
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


Five women writing crime fiction discuss how they’re pushing boundaries and challenging assumptions, addressing the following questions: How does crime function as an element of narrative? How does gender interact with race, sexuality, gender identity, and disability within this genre? How does our work examine the explosion of interest in true crime? How do we think about women and violence in a society that denies women personhood? Most importantly, what is crime fiction and why do we love it?

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_event_outline.pdf



Polly Stewart is the author of The Good Ones. Her nonfiction is forthcoming on Crime Reads. She runs The Craft of Crime Fiction interview series, usually on Instagram but sometimes on Twitter.

T Kira Mahealani Madden is a lesbian, APIA author of New York Times Editors' Choice memoir Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls, and founding editor in chief of No Tokens. Winner of the 2021 LAMBDA Judith A. Markowitz Award, she is an assistant professor at College of Charleston.

Katie Gutierrez's writing has appeared in the Washington Post, Harper's Bazaar, Texas Monthly, and more. Her debut novel, More Than You'll Ever Know, was published by William Morrow in 2022.

Danya Kukafka is the author of the nationally bestselling novels Notes on an Execution and Girl in Snow. She works as a literary agent with Trellis Literary Management.

Kirstin Chen is the New York Times bestselling author of three novels. Her latest, Counterfeit, is a Reese’s Book Club pick, a Roxane Gay book club pick, and a New York Times Editors’ Choice. Her previous two novels are Bury What We Cannot Take and Soy Sauce for Beginners.


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