R234. Literary Fascination: What Happens When Non-Native American Writers Write About Native Americans

Marquis Salon 3 & 4, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Two
Thursday, February 9, 2017
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Why do non-Native writers want to write about Native American cultures? Is this a form of colonization? A mixed panel of Native and non-Native writers will approach these questions from both a historical and literary lens. The panel will discuss the effect this phenomenon has on contemporary Native writers, and also American fiction and history as a whole, considering how books about Natives are actually written by Natives themselves.


Kristiana Kahakauwila is an associate professor of creative writing at Western Washington University. The author of This is Paradise: Stories, she was the 2015–16 Lisa Goldberg Fellow at Harvard's Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study. She is working on a novel about water rights in Hawai'i.

Kimberly Blaeser is the Wisconsin Poet Laureate, author of three books of poetry including Apprenticed to Justice and Absentee Indians, and editor of Traces in Blood, Bone & Stone: Contemporary Ojibwe Poetry. A professor at UW-Milwaukee, she teaches creative writing and Native American literature.

Erin Stalcup is the author of the collection And Yet it Moves, and her stories have appeared in the Kenyon Review, the Sun, and elsewhere. She taught in community colleges, universities, and prisons in New York, North Carolina, and Texas, and now teaches at her alma mater in her hometown in Arizona. Erin coedits Waxwing.

Alexandria Delcourt received her MFA from the Stonecoast MFA Program in 2014. She is a lecturer in the languages and literatures department at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Her work has appeared in Written River, Poetry Quarterly, As/Us, Kalyani Magazine, FULCRUM, Aster(ix), and other places.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside