Archives of the Body

Rooms 433-434, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 4
Thursday, March 9, 2023
9:00 am to 10:15 am


The body yields many archives. We grasp for meaning through documentation. Yet as Saidiya Hartman argued, the deliberate absenting of certain voices creates “the violence of the archive." When women cede evidence of our collective histories, we sunder connections with our forebears and each other. Real artistic gains have been expunged from cultural memory. We’ll investigate the [archival body]—corporeal, the body politic, and our bodies of work—to refuse silence imposed by the patriarchy.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Archives_of_the_Body_event_outline_AWP_2023.pdf



Kristen Millares Young is a prizewinning journalist, essayist, and author of the novel Subduction (Red Hen Press). Named a Paris Review staff pick, Subduction won Nautilus and IPPY awards. The editor of Seismic, a Washington State Book Award finalist, Kristen reviews books for the Washington Post.

Putsata Reang is a journalist and author of the debut memoir, Ma and Me. She is an alum of Hedgebrook, Kimmel Harding Nelson, and Mineral School residencies. Ma and Me released in May 2022 to multiple "Must Read" lists as well as earning starred reviews in major trade journals.

Anastacia-Renee (she/they) is a writer, educator, interdisciplinary artist, TEDx Speaker, and podcaster. Renee’ is the author of (v.) (Black Ocean) and Forget It (Black Radish). Side Notes from the Archivist is forthcoming from Amistad (an imprint of HarperCollins) in March 2023.

Michelle Bowdler is the author of Is Rape a Crime? A Memoir, an Investigation and a Manifesto, which was longlisted for the National Book Award for Nonfiction. Bowdler has been published in two anthologies, Literary Hub, New York Times, Ms. Magazine, Psychology Today, and other literary journals.


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