S119. Writing Against Borders: Literature and the (Un)Making of Nationhood

Liberty Salon N, O, & P, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Four
Saturday, February 11, 2017
9:00 am to 10:15 am


What is the role and responsibility of a writer to a nation? In what way can literary production be an integral part of nationhood? How can writing resist or redefine nationalities? This interdisciplinary panel looks at the many ways fiction, poetry, nonfiction, drama, and film participate in, interrogate, and reimagine nationalism and nationhood. Each of these writers has turned to literature to explore how national identity not only comes to be but comes to be internalized and reinforced.



Dean Rader’s Works & Days won the 2010 T.S. Eliot Poetry Prize. Suture (collaborative sonnets written with Simone Muench) is forthcoming and Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry is recently out. He is a professor at the University of San Francisco.

LeAnne Howe (Choctaw) writes novels, plays, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Her memoir, Choctalking on Other Realities won the inaugural 2014 MLA Prize for Studies in Native American Literature. Other awards include the 2012 United States Artist Ford Fellowship and an American Book Award for Shell Shaker.

Heather Hill is a multicultural writer and arts activist. A nomad by nurture, her work often focuses on identity, nation, code-switching, and what it means to be human in this global world. She works as an arts administrator and theatre critic.

Margaret Noodin is a poet and associate professor at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. She is the author of Bawaajimo, a book on native literature and Weweni, a collection of bilingual poems in Ojibwe and English. Her poems and essays have been anthologized in numerous journals and collections.


March 23–26, 2022
Philadelphia, PA

Pennsylvania Convention Center