Letting Go of a Periphery: The Rise of World Literature in the US

Room 327, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 3
Thursday, March 9, 2023
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


In this panel, women writers, translators, educators discuss how non-Western literary practices inform their work. Their perspectives on literary traditions from around the world address how contemporary literature has long been informed by non-Anglophone traditions, which have largely been erased, ignored or relegated to the “periphery.” Their conversation of the present nearness of these traditions raises questions about prolonged global inequities both on and off the page.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: FINAL_AWP_Outline_-2.pdf



Farukh Niaz is the founder and editor in chief of Style Files, a fashion blog highlighting independent designers and ethical fashion—stylefiles.us. Farukh is an avid reader and devoted admirer of Brown female writers. She hopes to emulate their bravery in her own work soon.

Maha Ahmed is an English literature and creative writing PhD candidate at the University of Houston specializing in poetry and empire studies. She is the poetry editor for the Beirut-based magazine Rusted Radishes. Her critical and creative work explores the Arab-American diaspora and global feminism.

Zarlasht Niaz is an organizer, translator, and educator from Minneapolis. She is a founder of the nonprofit Afghan Refugee Aid as well as an MFA candidate at the University of Houston. Her writing is published in the anthology What We Hunger For: Refugee and Immigrant Stories on Food and Family.

Kartika Budhwar is a doctoral fellow in creative writing and literature at the University of Houston, and editor at Ripe Fiction and The South Asian Avante-Garde. She has received awards and publications in journals such as the Indiana Review, Arts and Letters, and Blue Mesa Review.

Kaitlin Rizzo is a writer, researcher, and translator working on a series of projects related to the life of Baroque painter, Artemisia Gentileschi. Her most recent writing can be found in the form of a retrospective essay in the anthology, Shreela Ray: On the Life and work of an American Master.


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