F143. Mapping New Territories: Diasporic Writers from Regions of Conflict

Room 200 B&C, Level 2
Friday, April 10, 2015
10:30 am to 11:45 am


In last few years, we've seen a rise in global conflicts (The protests in Cairo during Arab Spring and self-immolation of Tibetan monks in China). Diasporic writers, such as Asian and Arab American writers, have had a profound and conflicted response to what's happening in their places of origin. Our panel features four notable writers discussing what “territory” might be, both literally and metaphorically, and what role their work plays in engaging with social and political dynamics across the world



Kazim Ali is a poet, translator, essayist, and fiction writer. His books include Sky Ward, Bright Felon, and Orange Alert: Essays on Poetry, Art and the Architecture of Silence. He is associate professor of creative writing and comparative literature at Oberlin College.

Hayan Charara, NEA Fellow and University of Houston faculty member, is the author of three poetry books, The Alchemist's DiaryThe Sadness of Others, and Something Sinister; a children's book, The Three Lucys; and editor of Inclined to Speak: An Anthology of Contemporary Arab American Poetry.

Jennifer Kwon Dobbs is associate professor of creative writing at St. Olaf College. She received the White Pine Press Poetry Prize and the Sheila Motton Book Award for Paper Pavilion, her debut collection of poems, and was a finalist for the Tupelo Snowbound Chapbook Award for Song of a Mirror.

Mong-Lan, multi-disciplinary artist, poet, writer, visual artist, dancer, singer, and educator, left her native Vietnam on the last day of the evacuation of Saigon. Author of eight books and chapbooks, her honors include the Pushcart Prize, the Juniper Prize, and a Stegner Fellowship. www.monglan.com


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center