Featured Panels: Highlighting Today’s American Women Writers
In keeping with the goals of SSAWW, this year’s conference will include three sessions designed to increase the exposure and appreciation of contemporary American women writers. These sessions, “Highlighting Today’s American Women Writers,” will take place of Friday October 12, culminating with a keynote by Dorothy Allison in the early evening.
The first of these panels includes local (Colorado) writers Maricela DeMirjyn (Colorado State U), Emma Pérez (U of Colorado-Boulder), Joy Castro (U of Nebraska-Lincoln), and Lily Hoang (New Mexico State U). Each writer will read from her work and participate in a book signing later in the afternoon. Selected works from each writer will be available for purchase.
Below, please see a brief profile of each of these writers. We are excited and honored that each has agreed to enrich our conference with her talent, continuing the legacy of the American women writers we study. In the coming weeks, look for information about the two additional “Highlighting Today’s American Women Writers” sessions.
Highlighting Today’s American Women Writers I
Friday, October 12:30-1:45pm
Emma Pérez is Chair and Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado-Boulder. She is the author of two novels Gulf Dreams and Forgetting the Alamo, or, Blood Memory, as well as the monograph The Decolonial Imaginary: Writing Chicanas into History. For more information, visit http://ethnicstudies.colorado.edu/faculty/perez/
Joy Castro is Associate Professor of English and Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is the author of two memoirs, The Truth Book and Island of Bones, as well as the forthcoming novel Hell or High Water. For more information, visit http://www.joycastro.com/Bio.htm and http://www.amazon.com/Joy-Castro/e/B001K8PFUG
Lily Hoang is Assistant Professor of English, teaching Fiction in the MFA program at New Mexico State University. She is the author of Changing, Parabola, Unfinished, and The Evolutionary Revolutionary. For more information, visit http://www.nmsu.edu/~english/mfa/faculty_lily.php and http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&keywords=lily%20hoang&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Alily%20hoang&page=1
Maricela DeMirjyn will chair the panel. She is Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies at Colorado State University. She is the author of Las Madonnas Morenas: Feminist Narratives of Cultural & Sexual Spirituality. For more information, visit http://ethnicstudies.colostate.edu/people/demirjyn.html