NWWS: Saturday writers panel

May 7, 2016
9:30 amto12:00 pm
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,” May 6 – 8, 2016

The symposium includes panel discussions, writing workshops, a keynote talk, author conversations & readings, book signings, and discussion. Our theme is “Crossing Borders: Women’s Stories of Immigration, Migration, and Transition.” 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. 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; and traveling for discovery, growth, and as part of our archetypal human journey.

Saturday May 7 Events / Eugene Public Library / 100 W. 10th, Eugene, OR 97401

Saturday Events include a morning panel and four afternoon workshops followed by a reading/talk from author Ariel Gore. As part of the SOJC Page Turner program, essayist, journalist, and memoirist Debra Gwartney will give a reading & talk directly following Ariel Gore’s presentation. Location: Downtown Eugene Public Library at 10th and Olive (100 W. 10th St., Eugene, OR  97401).

Saturday Writers Panel: morning

On Saturday, the symposium will convene at the Downtown Eugene Public Library in the Bascom / Tykeson rooms with a panel of our featured writers on the theme “Crossing Borders: Women’s Stories of Immigration, Migration, and Transition.” Each author will read selections from her work and answer questions about her writing life.

Panelists include:

  • Reyna Grande , author of the memoir The Distance Between Us and the novels Across a Hundred Mountains and Dancing with Butterflies.
  • Ariel Gore, the editor & publisher of the Alternative Press Award-winning magazine Hip Mama and the author of eight books, including the memoirs The End of Eve and Atlas of the Human Heart.
  • Ana-Maurine Lara, is a national award-winning fiction author and  poet. She was awarded the Oregon Arts Commission’s 2015 honorary Joan Shipley Award, and is also a recipient of PEN/Northwest, the Barbara Deming Award, and the National Latino/Chicano Literary Contest Third Prize. Her novel Erzulie’s Skirt (RedBone Press 2006) was a Lambda Literary Finalist. She draws from her experiences as a Dominican-American writer of Native, African, and Jewish ancestry to produce literary works and performances that blur the boundaries of artistic genres and cultural traditions.
  • Gabriela Martínez, Associate Professor, UO School of Journalism and Communication, is an international award-winning documentary filmmaker who has produced, directed or edited more than twelve ethnographic and social documentaries, including Media, Women, and Rebellion in Oaxaca and Keep Your Eyes On Guatemala.
  • Moderator: Barbara Corrado Pope, novelist (Cézanne’s Quarry; The Missing Italian Girl; The Blood of Lorraine) is also professor emerita of UO Department of Women’s and Gender Studies.

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; School of Music and Dance; and the University Health Center.