F293. Place and Ethnicity in Literary Nonfiction

Room LL5, Western New England MFA Annex, Lower Level
Friday, February 28, 2014
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


What occurs when ethnicity intersects with writing about varying locales? This diverse panel will discuss several of the issues that arise when writers contemplate and examine different spaces, such as rural borders, other countries, the suburbs, or urban neighborhoods. We’ll speak to what extent protest can figure into one’s work, how we portray specific immigrant cultures and communities, and share observations we’ve made about assimilation and alienation in America.



Allen Gee’s essays have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, South Loop Review, and Lumina. He has been a Yaddo fellow and is currently an Associate Professor at Georgia College & State University, where he edits fiction and creative nonfiction for Arts & Letters.

Geeta Kothari is the nonfiction editor at the Kenyon Review. Her writing has appeared in various anthologies and journals. She is the editor of ‘Did My Mama Like to Dance?’ and Other Stories about Mothers and Daughters and teaches at the University of Pittsburgh.

Rubén Martínez is a writer, performer, and teacher. He holds the Fletcher Jones Chair in Literature and Writing at Loyola Marymount University and is a resident artist at Stanford University's Institute for Diversity in the Arts. He is the author of several nonfiction and multi-genre works.

Neela Vaswani is author of the short story collection Where the Long Grass Bends; a memoir, You Have Given Me a Country; and co-author of the YA novel-in-letters, Same Sun Here. She teaches at Manhattanville College's MFA in Writing Program and Spalding University’s brief-residency MFA Program.

Mark O’Connor is an Associate Professor at Slippery Rock University where he teaches creative writing. He has received Pennsylvania Arts Fellowship for Creative Nonfiction and a Cultural Arts Council Grant. His work has been published in the Massachusetts Review, Creative Nonfiction, and Gulf Coast.


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