R277. Literary Matriarchs: Thinking Through Our (Writerly) Mothers

Room 301, Western New England MFA Annex, Level 3
Thursday, February 27, 2014
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


Tolstoy, Chekhov, Hemingway, Joyce, Carver, Roth... it's not uncommon for us to discuss the patriarchs of contemporary fiction. This panel will pay homage to the women who have been just as crucial to growing and cementing our literary tradition. Who are our literary matriarchs and what debts do we owe them? Panelists will discuss Welty, Bowen, Fox, Roy, Gallant, Woolf, and others. What do we stand to learn through close study, and how do we strike out on our own?



Karen Brennan is the author of six books of varying genres including the AWP's  short fiction prize winning Wild Desire, the memoir Being with Rachel, and forthcoming collection of poems, little dark. A professor emerita at the University of Utah, she teaches at the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers.

Nina McConigley is the author of the short-story collection Cowboys and East Indians. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize and for The Best New American Voices, she has received scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and a fellowship to the VSC.

Robin Romm is the author of two books and a chapbook. Her story collection, The Mother Garden, was a finalist for the PEN USA prize. Her memoir, The Mercy Papers, received many accolades and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. She is faculty at Warren Wilson's Low-Residency Program.

Joan Leegant


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center