Crafting the Complexity of Jewish Women's Lives

Room 2208, Kansas City Convention Center, Street Level
Thursday, February 8, 2024
3:20 pm to 4:35 pm


Within the rich tradition of Jewish-American fiction, distorted and stereotypical depictions of Jewish women abound, often sourcing from male writers. This panel of award-winning Jewish women novelists will explore a more authentic, multidimensional vision of Jewish women on the page, one that captures the variety, complexity, and layers of truth about Jewish women’s lives. This craft panel is for all writers who create against patriarchal bias and cultural stereotypes.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_2024_Event_Outline.pdf



Elizabeth Poliner is the author of As Close to Us as Breathing (novel, Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize), Mutual Life & Casualty (linked stories), and What You Know In Your Hands (poems). She's published in Story, Kenyon Review, and The Sun, among others, and has taught at Hollins University.

Margot Singer is the author of a novel, Underground Fugue, and a short story collection, The Pale of Settlement, winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award. She is also the coeditor of Bending Genre: Essays on Creative Nonfiction. She is a professor at Denison University.

Rachel Kadish is the author of the novels The Weight of Ink, From a Sealed Room, and Tolstoy Lied: a Love Story, and the novella I Was Here. Her work has appeared in the New York Times and on NPR, has won a National Jewish Book Award and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Sarah Seltzer is the executive editor at Lilith Magazine, a forty-five-year-old journal of Jewish feminist journalism, fiction, poetry, and art. She is a journalist, critic, and novelist: her debut novel, The Singer Sisters (Flatiron), the story of two generations of female folk singers, is forthcoming.

Lauren Grodstein is the author of six books, including We Must Not Think of Ourselves, Our Short History, and A Friend of the Family. She directs the MFA Program at Rutgers University, Camden.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center