S131. Social Media: Breaking Barriers for the Marginalized, the Remote, and the Academic Outsider

Room 204C, Washington Convention Center, Level Two
Saturday, February 11, 2017
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Five authors who write from the edges present ways, both practical and emotional, that social media has advanced their careers and craft. Class, disability, gender, education, location, and race are among the barriers to accessing a writing community. But social media can connect those of us who exist at the margins or outside of the academic literary world to editors, publishers, journals, conference leaders, and other writers. It can even serve as an education in itself.



Kelly Thompson is an emerging writer and a curator for the Rumpus Voices of Addiction Series. Her active social media participation has led her to a writing community and a growing platform, as well as publication. She is a member and graduate of Lighthouse Book Project in Denver.

Sandra Gail Lambert writes fiction and memoir. Her work has been published in New Letters, Brevity, Weekly Rumpus, the North American Review, Arts & Letters, DIAGRAM, Hippocampus, and Water~Stone. She has received Pushcart and Best of the Net nominations. The River's Memory is her debut novel.

Vanessa Mártir has been published in Poets & Writers, the Butter, Smokelong Quarterly, and Dismantle, the VONA/Voices Anthology, among others. She is completing her memoir A Dim Capacity for Wings and teaches the Writing Our Lives Workshop. 

Michele Filgate is a contributing editor at Literary Hub and vice president of awards for the National Book Critics Circle. Her work has appeared in Slice, Gulf Coast, the Paris Review Daily, Tin House, the Rumpus, Salon, the Barnes & Noble Review, and many other publications.

Alice Anderson's first poetry collection Human Nature won the NYU Prize and the Great Lakes Colleges Associations Best First Book Prize. Her second collection is The Watermark. A memoir, Some Bright Morning, I'll Fly Away, is forthcoming.


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