F119. Home: A Four-Letter Word

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


Home is a loaded word, a complex idea: it's a place that's safe, sentimental, difficult, nourishing, war-torn, and political. It's a place we escape and a place we create. This panel of women writers discuss the ways in which they confront home in their work, including writing within and rebelling against the idea of home as a woman's place. What choices do we make to reveal, deconstruct, and imagine homes for our characters? In what ways do our homes inform our real and imagined selves?



Kelly McMasters is the author of Welcome to Shirley: A Memoir from an Atomic Town. Her essays, reviews, and articles have appeared in The New York Times, The American Scholar, River Teeth, and others. She is an assistant professor of English and director of publishing studies at Hofstra University.

Rachel DeWoskin is the author of four books, Blind, Big Girl Small, Repeat After Me, and Foreign Babes in Beijing: Behind the Scenes of a New China. She is on the fiction faculty at the University of Chicago.

Hasanthika Sirisena's stories have appeared in Glimmer Train, Epoch, StoryQuarterly, Narrative, and other magazines. She is a recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writer's Award and the 2015 Juniper Prize for Fiction. Her short story collection is The Other One.

Sonya Chung is the author of the novels Long for This World  and the forthcoming The Loved Ones. She is a staff writer for The Millions, and founding editor of Bloom. She has taught fiction at Columbia University, New York University, and Gotham Writers Workshop. Currently she teaches at Skidmore College.

Elissa Washuta is a member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and the author of two books, My Body Is a Book of Rules and Starvation Mode. She serves as a nonfiction faculty member in the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center