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Getting Home: Writing & Publishing Debut POC Story Collections (AWP Conference, Portland, OR)

  • B117-119 Oregon Convention Center, Level 1 Portland, OR (map)

Finding a home for a story collection is hard. It’s harder still for people of color writing about worlds bypassed by the larger reading public. This panel features debut authors whose collections explore what it means to speculate on racialized experience in the US, Malaysia, Puerto Rico, and Colombia. They discuss how perceptions of identity wind through issues of craft and cultural expectations: What do readers seek in their work? To what degree do authors fulfill or frustrate assumptions?