VIRTUAL: Toward a Romani Women's Canon

Wednesday, February 7, 2024
9:00 am to 10:00 am


Romani women writers share their rich experiences and provide valuable insights into the representation and misrepresentation of "Gypsies" in literature and beyond. The panelists come from various backgrounds, exemplifying a diverse range of Romani subgroups, including queer, disabled, and non-neurotypical writers, all working across multiple genres, from literary to speculative and mainstream literature and poetry. Panelists will share engaging multimedia presentations and bibliographies.

This virtual event was prerecorded. It will be available to watch on-demand online starting on Wednesday, February 7, 2024 through Thursday, March 7, 2024.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWPEventOutline.pdf
Supplemental Document 1: Romani_History,_Migration,_and_Social_Organization.pdf
Supplemental Document 2: RomaniCanonBiblio.pdf
Supplemental Document 3: DoWeNeedAnother.pdf



Glenda Bailey-Mershon is the author of Weaver’s Knot: Poems (Finishing Line Press) and the novel Eve’s Garden (Twisted Road Publications), as well as editor of four Jane's Stories anthologies. Her poetry and essays appear in various anthologies and journals, including the Wagtail Roma anthology.

Caren Gussoff Sumption is the award-winning author of six books—most recently, her postcolonial, deep space, far-future comedy of manners, So Quick Bright Things Come to Confusion—and more than a hundred short stories. She is autistic, Romany, Jewish, and can't carry a tune (she tries anyway, gods help us).

V. M. Stone is an author, poet, podcaster, and playwright. She recently completed her first novel, THE DEVIL'S DAUGHTER (yet to be published) and hosts the podcast Sherlock Says. Her most recent play Dispatches from the End of the World is in development, to be staged in summer 2024.

Lynn Hutchinson Lee is a multidisciplinary artist and writer from Toronto Canada. An excerpt from her unpublished novel NIGHTSHADE was first-place winner of the 2022 Joy Kogawa Award for Fiction. Her writing has appeared in international literary publications. She is a member of chirikli collective.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center