Weird Fusions: Crafting and Publishing Hybrid Work

Rooms 427-429, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 4
Saturday, March 11, 2023
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


Some writing resists the neat distinction of form, and many writers today are working in hybrids of poetry, prose, creative nonfiction, flash, memoir, spoken word, visual arts, and more. Combining forms can result in strange and beautiful fusions that resist definition, and get at the truth of their subjects through their hybridity. In this panel we will discuss craft as it relates to hybrid work, and how to publish work that defies classification.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Event_outline_weird_fusions_.pdf



Elizabeth Gonzalez James is the author of the novels, Mona at Sea (SFWP, 2021) and The Bullet Swallower (Simon & Schuster, forthcoming 2023), and the chapbook, Five Conversations about Peter Sellers (Texas Review Press, forthcoming 2023). She is currently the interviews editor at The Rumpus.

Jasmine Sawers is a Kundiman fellow whose fiction appears in such journals as Ploughshares, AAWW’s The Margins, SmokeLong Quarterly, and more. Sawers serves as associate fiction editor for Fairy Tale Review and debuts a collection through Rose Metal Press in 2022.

Aaron Angello is a writer and theatre artist who lives in Frederick, Maryland. He teaches theater and creative writing in the new MFA program at Hood College. His first book, Close Reading, was published by Rose Metal Press in 2022.

Vi Khi Nao is the author of Swimming With Dead Stars, A Bell Curve Is a Pregnant Straight Line, and the play, Waiting for God. She was the winner of 2014 Nightboat Poetry Prize and the 2016 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest for A Brief Alphabet of Torture, a collection of short stories.

Daisuke Shen is a fiction writer. His novella Funeral, coauthored with Vi Khi Nao, is forthcoming from KERNPUNKT Press in January 2023. His work has been published in Autostraddle, Joyland magazine, The Nervous Breakdown, Hobart After Dark, and more.


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