F141. Writing the Dual Self: Opening Spaces for Hybrid Identities

Marquis Salon 7 & 8, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Two
Friday, February 10, 2017
10:30 am to 11:45 am


Writers with dual ethnicities or hybrid backgrounds often struggle to find ways to tell a nuanced story of identity and community. Five writers with diverse racial, ethnic, and gender identities share experiences of the struggle and strategies for forging a space for the dual, hyphenated, multiple self—one that does justice both to our art and our ancestors, working through the liberatory possibilities of writing and to resist the urge—or to market's demand—to self-stereotype.



Philip Metres is the author of a number of books and chapbooks, including Sand Opera, Pictures at an Exhibition, A Concordance of Leaves, and To See the Earth. His work has appeared in Best American Poetry, has garnered a Lannan Fellowship, two NEAs, the Hunt Prize, and the Cleveland Arts Prize.

Tomás Q. Morín is the author of the poetry collections Patient Zero and A Larger Country. He translated Pablo Neruda's The Heights of Macchu Picchu and with Mari L’Esperance coedited Coming Close: Forty Essays on Philip Levine. He teaches at Texas State and in the Low-Residency MFA Program at VCFA.

Thrity Umrigar is the author of a memoir and seven novels, including the bestseller The Space Between Us, The Story Hour, and the forthcoming Everybody's Son. A recipient of a Nieman Fellowship to Harvard, she is the Armington Professor of English at Case Western Reserve University.

Michael Croley is a 2016 NEA Fellow in Literature. His work has appeared in Lit Hub, the Paris Review Daily, Kenyon Review Online, VQR, Narrative, Blackbird, the Pinch, SB Nation, and elsewhere. He teaches at Denison University.

Sonya Larson's work has appeared in American Literary Review, Salamander, West Branch, Audible.com, Poets & Writers, and more, and she has received awards from Best American Short Stories 2015, Bread Loaf, and Vermont Studio Center. She is assistant director of the Muse & the Marketplace conference, hosted by GrubStreet.


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San Antonio, TX

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