R264. Zero Chill: Writers of Color Against Respectability

Room 207B, Washington Convention Center, Level Two
Thursday, February 9, 2017
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


When Marlon James responded to Claire Vaye Watkins's essay "On Pandering," it began a broader discussion of gaze, respectability, and audience within the literary landscape. This panel features a diverse array of poets and nonfiction writers speaking about how they contend with respectability politics in their work and literary communities. This discussion is rooted in writing against respectability at a time when contemporary discussions of audience, intention, and gaze provoke volatile reactions across genres.



Casey Rocheteau was the recipient of the inaugural Write a House permanent residency in Detroit in September, 2014. Her newest collection of poems is The Dozen.

Rachel McKibbens is the author of two full-length books of poetry, Pink Elephant and Into the Dark & Emptying Field as well as the chapbook Mammoth. She is a two-time New York Foundation for the Arts poetry fellow and cocurator of the series Poetry & Pie Night in upstate New York.

Franny Choi is the author of Floating, Brilliant, Gone. She has received awards and fellowships from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, and Kundiman. She is a Project VOICE teaching artist and a member of the Dark Noise Collective.

Morgan Parker is the author of Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up at Night and There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé. A Cave Canem graduate fellow and Pushcart Prize winner, she is an editor at Little A and teaches undergraduate creative writing at Columbia University.


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