Re-visioning History in Creative Nonfiction

Terrace Suite II, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 4
Thursday, March 9, 2023
9:00 am to 10:15 am


When creative nonfiction writers revisit history through a deliberately subjective lens—with a distinct personal stake—we can amplify underrepresented voices, interrogate stock narratives, and emphasize crucial intersections. But we also face challenges including overwhelming scale, incomplete records, and the danger of appropriation. Panelists will discuss practical and innovative approaches to seeing the past anew including speculation, investigation, immersion, and the use of hybrid forms.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP23_Revisioning_History_in_Creative_Nonfiction_-_Outline.pdf



Ana Maria Spagna

Kathleen Alcalá is the author of six books with work in over thirty anthologies. Recipient of the Western States Book Award, two Washington State Book Awards, and two Artist Trust fellowships, she co-edited Weeping Women: La Llorona’s Presence in Modern Latinx and Chicanx Lore (Trinity University Press).

Teow Lim Goh is the author of two books of poetry, Islanders (2016) and Faraway Places (2021), and an essay collection Western Journeys (2022).

Nick Neely's most recent book is Alta California: From San Diego to San Francisco, a Journey on Foot to Rediscover the Golden State. He is an assistant professor at Eastern Oregon University and a recipient of the John Burroughs Nature Essay Award and an AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award.


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