Speaking Mosaics: Hybrid Narratives & the Prism of Identity

Room 2504AB, Kansas City Convention Center, Level 2
Thursday, February 8, 2024
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Accustomed to wielding multiple perspectives, many BIPOC, queer, and neurodivergent writers are drawn to fragmented or hybrid forms: multimodal cross-genre mosaics of personal experience, and cultural, social, political, or natural history. Our panelists work across poetry, performance, nonfiction, and folklore, and will explore the craft and challenges of fragmented forms, offering inspiration and motivation to embrace hybridity as a way to claim space for historically marginalized communities.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Event_Outline.pdf



Marissa Landrigan is the author of The Vegetarian's Guide to Eating Meat, and her essays have appeared in the Atlantic, Creative Nonfiction, Guernica, Orion, the Rumpus, and elsewhere. She is an associate professor of writing at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.

Rajiv Mohabir is the author of three collections of poetry including Cultish (Four Way Books, Finalist for the NBCC), a memoir, Antiman (finalist for the PEN Open Book Award), and a collection of translations, I Even Regret Night (Kaya Press, winner of the HMLTA from the Academy of American Poets).

Monica Prince is an assistant professor of activist and performance writing at Susquehanna University and the author of four poetry collections. Her creative focus is choreopoems, performance poetry, and social justice.

Adriana E. Ramírez is a Mexican-Colombian writer, essayist, critic, and poet based in Pittsburgh. She won the inaugural PEN/Fusion Emerging Writers Prize (2015) for her novella-length work of nonfiction, Dead Boys (Little A, 2016). Her full-length work of nonfiction, The Violence, is forthcoming.

Caitlyn Hunter was the inaugural emerging Black artist-in-residence at Chatham University (2021–22). She is a doctoral candidate at Duquesne University where she researches African American literature and Black food studies. She currently teaches and resides in Southern Maryland.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center