R177. Literary Politics: White Guys and Everyone Else

Room 612, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
Thursday, February 27, 2014
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Even when women writers lean in, they’re rarely afforded equal respect. This we know, post-VIDA counts and other depressing statistics. But race and sexual orientation can also brand you as an identity author constrained to talk about your people rather than the big questions of literature. Rather than the usual one-note focus on gender discrimination, this moderated panel of diverse writers discusses the challenges they’ve faced and why it’s still mostly a straight white men’s club.



Lorraine Berry is associate editor at Talking Writing. She is a frequent contributor at Salon, a featured writer at Byliner, and her work has appeared in Diagram, Flavorwire, The Raven Chronicles, you are here, and Slow Trains. She is Project Director for NeoVox at SUNY Cortland.

Roxane Gay is the author of three books, Ayiti, an Untamed State, and Bad Feminist. She has had work in Best American Short Stories 2012, Oxford American, Virginia Quarterly Review, and New York TImes Book Review. She is the co-editor of PANK and teaches at Eastern Illinois University.

Amy Hoffman is the author of Lies About My Family. Her other memoirs are Hospital Time and An Army of Ex-Lovers: My Life at the Gay Community News. She is editor of Women's Review of Books and teaches creative nonfiction in the Solstice low-residency MFA program at Pine Manor College.

Aimee Phan is the author of two books of fiction: We Should Never Meet and The Reeducation of Cherry Truong. She has received fellowships from the NEA, the MacDowell Arts Colony, and Hedgebrook. She currently chairs the MFA Writing Program at California College of the Arts.

Mat Johnson is the author of the novel Pym, the graphic novel Incognegro, and several other books. He is a recipient of the United States Artist James Baldwin Fellowship, The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and the Dos Passos Prize. He teaches at the University of Houston Creative Writing Program.


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