The Writing Lives of Roe v. Wade

Terrace Suite II, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 4
Thursday, March 9, 2023
10:35 am to 11:50 am


Roe v. Wade empowered generations to choose their reproductive futures. It also enabled choices important to creating literary selves, communities, and spaces. Now, on the cusp of 50 years, this landmark court decision may be overturned. Five poets and writers will read from their work and reflect on Roe’s impact on their imaginations and writing lives. How did Roe change the literary culture in which each panelist came of age? What are strategies for writing in a post-Roe world? Q&A to follow.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Outline_for_The_Writing_Lives_of_Roe_v_Wade.pdf



Jennifer Kwon Dobbs is the author of Paper Pavilion, Interrogation Room, and the chapbooks Notes from a Missing Person and Necro Citizens (German, English). A cotranslator of Sami poetry, she is also senior poetry editor at AGNI and professor of English at St. Olaf College.

Lisa Lewis's books of poetry include The Unbeliever, Silent Treatment, Vivisect, Burned House with Swimming Pool, The Body Double, and Taxonomy of the Missing. She teaches in the creative writing program at Oklahoma State University and serves as editor of the Cimarron Review.

Lynn Emanuel is the author of five books of poetry, Hotel Fiesta, The Dig (National Poetry Series Award), Then, Suddenly- (Eric Matthieu King Award Academy of American Poets), Noose and Hook, and, in 2016, The Nerve of It: New and Selected Poems (Lenore Marshall Award, Academy of American Poets).

Nahal Suzanne Jamir’s writing has been recently published or is forthcoming in journals like Cincinnati Review and Crazyhorse. Her first fiction collection In the Middle of Many Mountains is available from Press 53. She currently teaches at Rollins College and Mississippi University for Women.

Carol Muske-Dukes is the author of 16 books (poems. novels, essays). Her most recent book of poems is Blue Rose. She was a 2019 long list Pulitzer Prize finalist and the former Poet Laureate of California. She is recently retired from USC where she founded the creative writing / literature PhD program. She has been awarded Guggenheim and NEA grants, and won Pushcart Prizes. She writes for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and The New Yorker. She has been a National Book Award finalist.


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