2016 CSWS Northwest Women Writers Symposium (NWWS)

May 6, 2016
12:00 pmto8:00 pm
May 7, 2016
9:30 amto5:30 pm

campus location: Knight Library, Browsing Rm
community location: downtown Eugene Public Library
#crossingborders for live tweeting at some events

FULL SCHEDULE: http://csws.uoregon.edu/events-2/2014-nwws/2016-csws-northwest-women-writers-symposium/

5th annual CSWS Northwest Women Writers Symposium

“Crossing Borders: Women’s Stories of Immigration, Migration, and Transition”

The fifth annual CSWS Northwest Women Writers Symposium will be held Friday, May 6, 2016, through Saturday, May 7, 2016. American Book Award winner Reyna Grande is the keynote author.

Reyna Grande

Reyna Grande

Reyna Grande will be joined by the inimitable Ariel Gore, founding editor/publisher of Hip Mama, and author of the memoirs The End of Eve and Atlas of the Human Heart and the novel The Traveling Death and Resurrection Show; Dominican-American poet and novelist Ana-Maurine Lara; Oregon Book Award finalist Miriam Gershow, author of the novel The Local News; novelist Chris Scofield, author of The Shark Curtain; food and travel magazine writer Jennifer Burns Bright, and other writers and scholars. Our theme is “Crossing Borders: Women’s Stories of Immigration, Migration, and Transition.” This theme promises to open conversations about border politics; poverty; racism and xenophobia; climate change; ongoing effects of colonialism and genocide; family dynamics; agricultural patterns and enslavement; overpopulation; human migratory patterns; fleeing war and abuse; moving on. How have our migrations and moves contributed to or instigated our writings? What do we move away from, and what do we go toward? What are the historical, political, and personal currents that influence our transitions—from one country to another, from one state to another, from city to country, from mountains to sea, from one marriage or partnership to another, from one career to another, from one self-view to another? “Crossing Borders” is a multi-layered theme that will open the door to fruitful discussions of craft, creativity, challenges of survival, making room for others, and community.

Hosted by the Center for the Study of Women in Society at the University of Oregon in cooperation with Eugene Pubic Library, this symposium is generously cosponsored by Oregon Humanities Center’s Endowment for Public Outreach in the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities; UO Libraries; Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies; Department of Women’s and Gender Studies; Department of English; School of Journalism and Communication; and the University Health Center.

Keynote speaker: Reyna Grande
“From Iguala to El Otro Lado: A young girl’s journey to the American Dream”

  • The Distance Between Us (Atria, 2012), finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award
  • Dancing with Butterflies (Washington Square Press, 2009)
  • Across a Hundred Mountains (Atria Press, 2006), winner of an American Book Award