S195. Notes Toward a New Language: Eating Disorders in Poetry

Room 513, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Saturday, April 2, 2016
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


How does writing from the female body vis-à-vis an eating disorder inform one’s writing? In this hybrid panel discussion/poetry reading, participants discuss how an eating disorder is a means to refuse the world, to enact Otherness and hybridity (race, class, gender, trauma, etc.), to make a language of one's body. Furthermore, we discuss how these iterations translate on the page as variations of silence: stutter, hesitation, holes or space, and repetition, as well as other enactments.



Cynthia Cruz is the author of Ruin, The Glimmering Room, and Wunderkammer. She has received fellowships from Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony, as well as a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University. Her art reviews and essays have been published in The Los Angeles Review of Books and Hyperallergic.

Nina Puro’s poetry has been published in Guernica, the PEN American Poetry Series, and Pleiades, among others. She is a member of the Belladonna* Collaborative and the recipient of a fellowship from the MacDowell Colony and an MFA from Syracuse University.

Louise Mathias is the author of two books of poems, Lark Apprentice and The Traps.

Allison Benis White is the author of Please Bury Me in This (forthcoming), Small Porcelain Head, and Self-Portrait with Crayon. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside.

Michelle Chan Brown’s Double Agent won the Kore First Book Award; Motherland, with Wolves, won the Jean Feldman Poetry Prize. Her poems appear in Blackbird, Cimarron Review, the Missouri Review, Witness, and others. A Kundiman fellow, Michelle edits Drunken Boat and is on a Fulbright in Kazakhstan.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

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