VIRTUAL: Embracing the Body: A Journey of Illness and Celebration

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


Throughout our lives, we encounter various health challenges and gender expectations on our bodies that test our physical and emotional well-being. However, there is beauty to be found in celebrating our bodies. This panel of poets shares and discusses poetry of resilience and celebration of our bodies to find meaning and perspective. The panel explores the transformative power of writing that honors the courage it takes to embrace the diversity of our bodies.

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: AWP_EVENT_OUTLINE-_Embracing_the_Body.pdf



Maria Maloney is the author of two books of poetry, The Lost Letters of Mileva and Cracked Spaces. She is the founder and publisher of Mouthfeel Press and the outreach coordinator for the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Latino Día de los Muertos / Day of the Dead annual festival.

Carolina Monsivais is the author of three collections of poetry: Somewhere Between Houston and El Paso, Elisa’s Hunger, and Descent. She holds an MFA from NMSU and a PhD from UTEP. Monsivais has worked many years with survivors of patriarchal violence and is a founding member of Poets Against Walls.

Elisa A. Garza has published two chapbooks, Between the Light / entre la claridad and Familia. Her full-length collection Regalos was a finalist for the National Poetry Series. Since her cancer diagnosis, she no longer teaches, but continues to write and work as an editor.

Katherine Hoerth is the author of five poetry books including Goddess Wears Cowboy Boots, which won the Helen C. Smith Prize from the Texas Institute of Letters. She is an associate professor of creative writing at Lamar University and serves as Director of Lamar University Literary Press.

Laura Cesarco Eglin’s latest poetry collections are Between Gone and Leaving—Home and Time/Tempo. She’s the translator of claus and the scorpion by Lara Dopazo Ruibal and Of Death. Minimal Odes by Hilda Hilst. She’s the publisher of Veliz Books and teaches at the University of Houston-Downtown.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center