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Sunday, October 7 • 12:00pm - 1:30pm
“We, Too:” Fiction Writers Reclaiming Violence Under a Hostile Political Regime

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Central to the organization of the “Me, Too” movement is the assumption that trans and cis women are frequently victims of cis male violence. Yet fictionalized depictions of violence remain a staple of mainstream male literary achievement, while women’s literary depictions of violence are frequently marginalized, dismissed as autobiographical or excessive. What if one response to the “Me, Too” movement’s call to action was to speak openly of violence, not only through autobiographical posts and hashtags, but through fictional characters and poetic personas, reclaiming violence for our literary swords? Through a roundtable discussion with brief illustrative readings from authors’ original violent works-in-progress, this panel will examine rationales and strategies for depicting violence in literary contexts, as well as the potential consequences for women writers. Crucial to our reclaiming of violence as a literary strategy is our insistence on viewing the word “woman” through an intersectional lens, reflecting our racial, ethnic, gender, sexual, and class differences, and the complexity of speaking our truth under a hostile political regime.

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Sarah Blackman

Sarah Blackman is the Director of Creative Writing at the Fine Arts Center, a public arts high school in Greenville, South Carolina where she lives with the poet John Pursley, III and their two daughters. She is the founding editor of Crashtest, an online magazine for high-school... Read More →
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Jennifer Natalya Fink

Georgetown University
Jennifer Natalya Fink is the author of five critically acclaimed novels, including the Dana Award-winning The Mikvah Queen and Lambda-finalist and Doctorow-prize winning Bhopal Dance. She is an associate professor at Georgetown University, where she teaches creative writing and co-founded... Read More →
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Courtney E. Morgan

Courtney E. Morgan is the author of The Seven Autopsies of Nora Hanneman (FC2, 2017). Her writing has also appeared in Pleiades, Lunch Ticket, American Book Review, and others. She was awarded a fellowship to the DISQUIET Literary Program and is a recipient of the Thompson Award for... Read More →
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Aimee Parkison

Associate Professor of Fiction Writing, Oklahoma State University
Aimee Parkison is the author of Refrigerated Music for a Gleaming Woman, which won the FC2 Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize. Parkison teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Oklahoma State University and has published five books of fiction.

Sunday October 7, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
102 DeBartolo Hall

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