The Braided Essay as Change Agent

Room 2502A, Kansas City Convention Center, Level 2
Friday, February 9, 2024
3:20 pm to 4:35 pm


How is the braided essay form innately subversive, in realms of interiority, the classroom, society? It can be a "social justice action" for marginalized/minoritized writers; an assertion of queer lives’ complexities; a feminist refusal of linear hero’s journeys; and a way for students to weave empowering threads (i.e., memoir, research, cultural critique) together in one piece. Three innovative essayists who also teach will showcase braided essays' dynamic, hegemony-undermining possibilities.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: The_Braided_Essay_as_Change_Agent.pdf



Candace Walsh coedits Quarter After Eight and holds a fiction MFA from Warren Wilson. She's a fiction PhD candidate at Ohio U. Words at HAD, Passengers, Greensboro Review, Craft, Fiction Writers Review, Leon Literary. She coedited two Lambda Literary finalist anthologies. candacewalsh.contently.com.

Nicole Walker is the author of Processed Meats: Essays on Food, Flesh and Navigating Disaster, Sustainability: A Love Story, Egg, Microcosm, Quench Your Thirst with Salt, and This Noisy Egg. She edited, with Margot Singer, Bending Genre. She teaches at Northern Arizona University.

Anna Chotlos’s essays and poems have recently appeared in Split Lip, Hotel Amerika, Sweet Lit, and River Teeth’s Beautiful Things. She holds an MA from Ohio University and now teaches and writes in Denton, Texas, where she is a PhD candidate in creative writing at the University of North Texas.

Sarah Minor is the author of Slim Confessions: The Universe as a Spider or Spit (Noemi 2021), Bright Archive (Rescue 2020), and The Persistence of the Bonyleg: Annotated, a digital chapbook from Essay Press. She teaches in the University of Iowa's nonfiction writing program.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center