Check out our Creative Writers!

Check out our creative writing panelists. We’re so excited to feature such a talented group. Books will be available for purchase and the authors will be available for signing. Our keynote speaker, Dorothy Allison, will read at 5pm following these two exciting panels!

Highlighting Today’s American Women Writers I

Friday, October 12:30-1:45pm

Maricela DeMirjyn, Ph.D., 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

Emma Pérez, Ph.D., 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, Ph.D., 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

Highlighting Today’s American Women Writers II

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

Sasha Steensen is Professor of English at Colorado State University. She is the author of correspondence (with Gordon Hadfield), The Future of an Allusion, 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

Julie Carr is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Colorado-Boulder. She is the author of Mead: An Epithalamion, Equivocal, 100 Notes on Violence, and Sarah-Of Fragments and Lines. 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

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.

Keynote Speaker

Friday, October 12, 5:00-6:30pm

Dorothy Allison is the critically and popularly acclaimed author of the award-winning short-story collection, Trash (1989, expanded in 2002); a collection of poems, The Women Who Hate Me (1991); the novel Bastard Out of Carolina (1992), which was a finalist for the National Book Award; a collection of essays, Skin: Talking about Sex, Class and Literature (1995); a memoir, Two or Three Things I Know for Sure (1996); a second novel, Cavedweller (1999); and the forthcoming novel, She Who.

In 2007, Allison received the Robert Penn Warren Award for Fiction. She has also held several positions as writer-in-residence and/or Visiting Professor at universities across the U.S. According to Allison’s website, “she describes herself as a feminist, a working class storyteller, a Southern expatriate, a sometime poet and a happily born-again Californian.” Born in Greenville, South Carolina, Allison currently resides in Northern California with her partner and son.
Allison will speak at this year’s conference on Friday, October 12, from 5:00-6:30. Several of her works will be available for purchase, and she will do a signing after her talk.

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