Highlighting Today’s American Women Writers II

Highlighting Today’s American Women Writers II

In keeping with the goals of SSAWW, this year’s conference will include several special sessions designed to increase the exposure and appreciation of contemporary American women writers.  These sessions, “Highlighting Today’s American Women Writers,” will take place on Friday October 12, culminating with a keynote by Dorothy Allison in the early evening.

The second* of these sessions (following from last week’s description of the first) includes local (Colorado) writers  Julie Carr (U of Colorado-Boulder), Bhanu Kapil (Naropu U), Michelle Naka Pierce (Naropa U), and Sasha Steensen (Colorado State U).

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 today.

The third session, leading up to the keynote by Dorothy Allison, will be a book signing by all our featured local/regional authors. This session will be held beginning at 3:30 in the book exhibit room. Allison’s plenary, at 5:00, will be followed by her individual signing session at 6:45, also in the book exhibit room.

*Information on the first session is available in a previous email and at the conference website:  https://ssaww2012.wordpress.com/


Friday, October 12, 2:00-3:15pm

Julie Carr is Associate Professor of English at the University of Colorado-Boulder.  She is the author of Mead: An Epithalamion, Equivocal, 100 Notes on Violence, Sarah-Of Fragments and Lines, and the forthcoming (fall 2012) Surface Tension: Ruptural Time and the Poetics of Desire in Late Victorian Poetry. Carr will read from her poems “Real Life” and “Rag.” For more information, please visit http://english.colorado.edu/blog/2010/07/28/carr-julie/ and http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=julie+carr

Bhanu Kapil teaches in the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. She is the author of humanimal [a plan for future children], The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers, Schizophrene, and Incubation: A Space for Monsters. Kapil plans to read from Schizophrene. For more information, please visit

http://www.naropa.edu/academics/graduate/writingpoetics/mfa/faculty.cfm and http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=bhanu+kapil&rh=n%3A283155%2Ck%3Abhanu+kapil&ajr=2

Michelle Naka Pierce is Associate Professor and Director of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University.  She is the author of Continuous Frieze Bordering Red; She, A Blueprint (with artwork by Sue Hammond West); Beloved Integer; and Tri/Via (with Veronica Corpuz).  Pierce will be reading from Continuous Frieze Bordering Red. For more information, please visit http://naropa.edu/nwc/faculty.cfm and http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_tc_2_0?rh=i%3Astripbooks%2Ck%3AMichelle+Naka+Pierce&keywords=Michelle+Naka+Pierce&ie=UTF8&qid=1339121048&sr=1-2-ent&field-contributor_id=B001K8SD82.

Sasha Steensen (chair) is Professor of English at Colorado State University.  She is the author of correspondence (with Gordon Hadfield), The Future of an Illusion, A History of the Human Family, A Magic Book, and The Method.  Steensen plans to read from Sentences and Waters: A Lenten Poem.  For more information, please visit http://central.colostate.edu/people/steensen/ andhttp://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=sr_tc_2_0?rh=i%3Astripbooks%2Ck%3ASasha+Steensen&keywords=Sasha+Steensen&ie=UTF8&qid=1339120028&sr=1-2-ent&field-contributor_id=B001K8W518


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