R297. Women at Work: Labor and the Writing Life

Room 518, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 31, 2016
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


Physical work is often held opposite the life of the mind, especially for women. Yet for some writers, manual jobs provide income; broaden thinking; and nurture creativity. Four women writing in all genres discuss how work-farming, trail construction, fishing, the trades-supports a writing life. Join a conversation about salmon and seeds, wires and trees, and consider how dirty hands can leave a lasting imprint on literary culture. Includes tribute to panelist Eva Saulitis, who died in January.



Christine Byl is the author of Dirt Work: An Education in the Woods, a finalist for the 2014 Willa Award in nonfiction. Her prose has appeared in Glimmer Train, Crazyhorse, and the Sun, among others. She is at work on a novel and makes a living doing trail design and construction across Alaska.

Eva Saulitis, a writer, teacher, and marine biologist, is the author of four books: Leaving Resurrection: Chronicles of a Whale Scientist; Many Ways to Say It (poems); Into Great Silence: A Memoir of Discovery and Loss among Vanishing Orcas; and Prayer in Wind (poems).

Susanna J. Mishler's poems have appeared in the Iowa Review, Kenyon Review Online, Mid-American Review, and elsewhere. Her collection of poems, Termination Dust, is a Lambda Award Finalist. She earns her living as an electrician.

Lu-Anne Haukaas Lopez is a writer, student, teacher, activist, and farmer. Having lived most of her life on remote farming communes, her writing is informed by subsistence and survival. Her work has appeared on PBS, American Experience, and WGBH, as well as in Tahrir Square during Egypt's Arab Spring.

Tele Aadsen is the author of the forthcoming memoir Hooked: A Season of Love, Sex & Salmon. Her prose has appeared in Alaska Dispatch News, Cirque, and National Fisherman, and she performs annually with Oregon's FisherPoets Gathering. A commercial fisherman, she spends half the year at sea.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center