S105. Women Writers of the American West: Definitions and Readings

Auditorium Room 2, Level 1
Saturday, April 11, 2015
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Five writers whose material couldn’t be more disparate. What they do have in common is they’re from the West, hailing from Wyoming and California, Utah and Colorado. Can we make generalizations about women’s experiences in a place so vast? Five female writers will present diverse visions of the contemporary American West by each giving a one-sentence definition and reading from her work.



Tamara Linse is the author of the short story collection How to Be a Man and the novel Deep Down Things. She earned her master’s in English from the University of Wyoming, where she taught writing, and she is an editor for a foundation.

Bonnie ZoBell is the author a linked collection, What Happened Here, and a fiction chapbook, The Whack-Job Girls. She has received an NEA grant, the Capricorn Novel Award, a PEN Syndicated Fiction Award, and an MFA from Columbia University. She teaches at San Diego Mesa College. 

Paisley Rekdal is the author of four books of poetry and two books of nonfiction, the most recent of which are Animal Eye: Poems and Intimate: An American Family Photo Album. She teaches at the University of Utah.

Kathy Fish has published three short fiction collections: Together We Can Bury It, Wild Life, and a chapbook in A Peculiar Feeling of Restlessness: Four Chapbooks of Short Short Fiction by Four Women. @kathyfish

Pam Houston is the author of five books of fiction and nonfiction including Cowboys Are My Weakness and Contents May Have Shifted. She teaches in the creative writing programs at Pacific University and the University of California, Davis and directs the literary nonprofit Writing By Writers.


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