Building Writing Collectives that Empower and Support Outside the Institution

Room 2101, Kansas City Convention Center, Street Level
Thursday, February 8, 2024
3:20 pm to 4:35 pm


Artist collectives have long been places of professional knowledge sharing, resistance, and deep care, but in this era of COVID-19, inaccessibility, and increasing homophobia, collectives offer invaluable support for the writer. Whether virtual or in person, local community-originating or a national group unified by an ethnic, cultural, or Queer identity, collectives offer writers the ability to build a new society or way of relating. These five writers of color gather to share their experience.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Outline_for_Collective_Panel,_Draft_post_FINAL.pdf



Aliah Lavonne Tigh is the author of Weren’t We Natural Swimmers, a 2022 Tram Editions chapbook. Their poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets' Poem-A-Day, Mizna, Guernica, The Rupture, and others. Tigh lives in Houston, Texas.

Randall James Tyrone holds an MFA from the University of Wyoming. He is a poet and community organizer in Houston, Texas.

Glenn Shaheen is the author of four books, most recently the fiction collection Carnivalia. He teaches at Prairie View A&M University and is the executive director of the Radius of Arab American Writers.

Dr. Stalina Emmanuelle Villarreal is a poet, translator, and essayist whose book Watcha is forthcoming in 2024. She has published translations of poetry by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Minerva Reynosa, Maricela Guerrero, and Sergio Pérez Torres.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center