Migrations and Mutations: Writing and Translating From Our Bodies

Rooms 431-432, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 4
Thursday, March 9, 2023
9:00 am to 10:15 am


How do situated bodily experiences shape the writing of belonging? Five writers and translators working in and between the Azerbaijani, English, Spanish, Urdu, and Zapotec languages, read poetry and creative nonfiction that attends to how immigrant and BIPOC writers create belonging through words shaped and transformed by their specific bodies, locations, and mobilities. These works emerge through the struggles of displaced people to connect body and place via storytelling—and so survive.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Migrations_and_Mutations_Outline.pdf



Cecilia Martinez-Gil has published two full-length poetry collections, a fix of ink, the multi-award-winning Psaltery and Serpentines, and she co-wrote the award-winning experimental video “Itinerarios.” She publishes poetry and journalism, teaches English and literature, and has four masters.

Wendy Call coedited the craft anthology Telling True Stories and wrote No Word for Welcome, winner of the Grub Street National Book Prize for nonfiction. Her translations (from Spanish and Zapotec) include two books of poetry by Irma Pineda, published by Song Bridge and Deep Vellum.

Marco Antonio Huerta is a Mexican poet and translator. He holds an MFA from UC San Diego and is a PhD student at UC Irvine. The author of four books of poetry​, his work has been published in anthologies and journals in Mexico, Spain, Uruguay, Canada, and the United States.

Samina Najmi, professor of English at CSU Fresno, writes essays centered on her life in Pakistan, UK, and the US. Her work has appeared in World Literature Today, Massachusetts Review, Entropy, The Rumpus, Asian American Literature, and The Progressive, among others.

Alison Mandaville has received two UNESCO cultural heritage grants for her work supporting women writers and artists in Azerbaijan. A poet, scholar, and translator, she teaches at Fresno State. Her creative and scholarly work has appeared in US and international journals and books.


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