Flash Lights: Writers of Color Shine on Flash

Room 447-448, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 4
Saturday, March 11, 2023
3:20 pm to 4:35 pm


Flash captures the eye in one sitting. It has the uncanny power to ignite our imagination in a furious blink or the time it takes to soft boil an egg. Whether mosaic or breathless, hermit crabs or fables, flash is a sudden portal to other dimensions. For writers of color, it can unbolt doorways to unseen worlds. These panelists reveal the magic and urgency and challenges of writing short.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_FlashLights_Outline.pdf



Jen Soong received her MFA in creative writing from UC Davis and is an alum of Tin House and VONA. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Audacity, Jellyfish Review, Cosmonauts Avenue, and Waxwing. Her memoir-in-progress is a reckoning of myth, migration and memory.

María Alejandra Barrios Vélez is a Pushcart Prize-nominated writer born in Barranquilla, Colombia. She has an MA in creative writing from The University of Manchester and currently lives in Brooklyn.

Jasmine Sawers is a Kundiman fellow whose fiction appears in such journals as Ploughshares, AAWW’s The Margins, SmokeLong Quarterly, and more. Sawers serves as associate fiction editor for Fairy Tale Review, and she debuts a collection through Rose Metal Press in 2022.

Originally from India, Tara Isabel Zambrano is a Texas-based semiconductor chip designer. She is fiction editor at Waxwing. She won the 2019 Southampton Review Short Fiction Contest. She was a finalist in Bat City Review’s Short Prose Contest and Mid-American Review's Fineline Contest in 2018.

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March 8–11, 2023
Seattle, Washington

Seattle Convention Center