Finding Your Voice in Graphic Narratives and Poetry Comics

Rooms 431-432, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 4
Friday, March 10, 2023
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


In creative writing, voice often refers to the sound and feeling of words created by some combination of diction, syntax, punctuation, and pacing. But what does it mean to find your voice when the language includes both words and images? What might it mean to develop a visual language? How do choices of materials, colors, imagery, and letter-style communicate voice and tone? The panelists have honed their visual voices and will share inspiring examples and practical techniques.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_Outline_Voice.pdf



Tom Hart is the author / artist of the New York Times #1 bestselling graphic memoir, Rosalie Lightning, and the executive director of The Sequential Artists Workshop, an organization and school for comics and graphic novels in Gainesville, Florida, which also offers extensive online courses.

Mita Mahato is a Seattle-based cut paper, collage, and comics artist whose work is published in Iterant, Shenandoah, Coast/No Coast, ANMLY, AModern, Illustrated PEN, and Drunken Boat. Her collection of poetry comics, In Between, is published by Pleiades.

Sharon De La Cruz is a storyteller, educator, and activist from New York City. Her research and practice are rooted at the intersection of STEM pedagogy, art, and social justice. Publishers Weekly described her debut graphic novel as “a potent graphic memoir about the forming of one woman’s queer identity."

Nick Francis Potter is a writer, cartoonist, and educator. He is the author of two books, Big Gorgeous Jazz Machine and New Animals. He serves as the director of undergraduate studies for the School of Visual Studies at the University of Missouri, where he teaches a range of hybrid writing courses.

Mira Jacob is the author and illustrator of Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations. Her critically acclaimed novel, The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing, was a Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers pick, and shortlisted for India’s Tata First Literature Award.


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