won’t you celebrate with me: BIPOC Women on Crafting the Personal Narrative

Room 2215A, Kansas City Convention Center, Street Level
Thursday, February 8, 2024
10:35 am to 11:50 am


How do we tell the stories of our lives? Five contributors from the award-winning anthology Nonwhite and Woman: 131 Micro Essays on Being in the World, will discuss how personal narratives offer powerful testimonies as women of color owning their place in the world. The conversation will include discussions of identity, memory, otherness, ancestral heritage, place, and writing craft. Discussion and Q&A in the end.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: wont_you_celebrate_with_me_AWP_Panel_Outline_2024.pdf



Darien Hsu Gee is the author of five novels published in eleven countries. Her collection of micro essays won a bronze IPPY award, and her craft book on writing memoir won the Hawaiʻi Book Publishers award. Darien is a Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellow.

CMarie Fuhrman is the author of Camped Beneath the Dam: Poems (Floodgate 2020) and coeditor of Native Voices (Tupelo 2019). CMarie is director of Elk River Writers Workshop and faculty in the graduate program in creative writing at Western Colorado University.

Anastacia-Reneé (She/They) is a writer, educator, interdisciplinary artist, TEDx Speaker and podcaster. Reneé is the author of (v.) (Black Ocean) and Forget It (Black Radish). Side Notes from the Archivist forthcoming from Amistad (an imprint of HarperCollins) March 2023.

Preeti Parikh is an Indian American poet and essayist based in Ohio. A Kundiman Fellow, Preeti is the recipient of a 2023 Sustainable Arts Foundation grant award and has received support for her work from Millay Arts, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the AWP Writer to Writer program.

Karina L. Agbisit is a Latina writer and editor. Her writing has been published by Woodhall Press, Cleis Press, Haunted Waters Press, Ruminate Magazine, and Oregon Humanities. She holds an MFA in creative writing and MA in book publishing from Portland State University. She is working on a memoir.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center