F192. Written by Our Selves: The Craft of Immobile Corporeality

Room 510, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Friday, April 1, 2016
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


The practice of liming (doing nothing) in Trinidad, the custom of repainting effaced murals of slain gangsters in Jamaica, and recent American protestors’ protection of businesses and each other by standing between them and the police—these are all examples of black corporeal defiance by nonmovement. Panelists read and discuss how they write defiantly immobile black corporeality in their work, thus revising the dominant narrative of such bodies, which posits them as lazy, uncontrollable, and useless.



Tiffany Austin's poetry has appeared in Callaloo, Obsidian, and pluck! Her chapbook Étude was also recently published. She has attended a workshop at Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and she has received a residency fellowship at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts.

Destiny Birdsong is a poet and essayist whose work has either appeared or is forthcoming in At Length, Vinyl, African American Review, and elsewhere. She is a lecturer and academic advisor at Vanderbilt University, where she received her MFA in poetry in 2009, and her PhD in English in 2012.

darlene anita’s scott poetry has appeared in the Baltimore Review, Quiddity, J Journal, Tidal Basin Review, and diode among others. Her current work, Breathing Lessons 101, is multimedia project that examines the role of the good girl as it is applied to women of color.

Larrysha Jones is a novelist/essayist, and her work primarily focuses on the deconstruction of myths surrounding African American women. She is currently working on an article that highlights historical inaccuracies in literary and popular depictions of African American domestic workers.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center