Latinos are a specific demographic who share political & professional concerns and who will benefit from the institutional space of a caucus. Historically, issues of erasure, active oppression, & marginalization have challenged Latinos in the literary community. As the population of Latinos grows it is increasingly important to be attune to the needs of this demographic. The presence of a Latino caucus will support the needs & concerns of new, emerging, and established Latino writers at AWP.
How can writers craft a world in which diverse voices are heard, especially in institutions without diverse leadership? This panel will bring together writers and editors who will discuss the ways in which they have advocated for a range of voices in the arenas of publishing, prizes, and the university, and the successes and challenges they’ve experienced along the way.
In 2016, Ira Madison III called the reality show Big Brother “a weird microcosm of the American experience itself and how we’re all represented by the media. White men are heroes, sometimes white women can be, and everyone else is just there.” About to approach it’s 20th season, with an upcoming first time American celebrity season, Big Brother may be an international hit, beginning in the Netherlands and franchised in over 54 countries, but it provides a true insight into our current American culture. Simultaneously, while Big Brother has established itself as an American summer mainstay, there has been relatively little academic writing on the subject. Instead, most of the writing has taken place across gossip sites like TMZ, and the intermediate writings of academic celebrity writers, such as Madison's. In Madison’s extensive discussion, he specifically focuses on race, a seemingly obvious subject, given the multiple displays of racism that have occurred across the seasons: usually highlighted by audience members who watch the live feeds and TMZ, rarely seen on the televised episodes of the show (with the exception being season 15 and, to an extent, season 19). Madison mentions the raced mocking of Asian contestants and the vilification of black contestants (also known as Houseguests), but completely misses the representation (or lack thereof) of Latinx and Native American contestants. Now, with the first Latinx win (and only second POC win), we can review how Latinidad worked for and against season 19 winner, Josh Martinez and contextualize past Latinx Houseguests and how they fit in the microcosm of America seen through the 80 camera lenses of the Big Brother House.
A Panel of Poetry, including Suzi F. Garcia's Tenderheaded
Join The Black Warrior Review and Puerto Del Sol at the Indigo Cafe in Tampa for a live reading featuring: Carlina Duan, Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint, Alex Terrell, Molly Gutman, Emily Corwin, Suzi F. Garcia, Gabriel Blackwell, Christina Wood Martinez, Kate MacLam, Kathleen Winter, George Abraham
All of our authors have been featured in current or previous issues of BWR or PDS.
This event is FREE and open to the public, but we highly encourage the purchase of at least two drinks or food/snacks crafted by our generous host at the Indigo Cafe.
The Indigo Cafe will be serving up a range of options to include a full bar of coffees, tea, beer as well as food, and snacks.
There will be some seating, but we highly recommend you get there early as space will be limited.
Latinx writers are becoming increasingly visible in literary spaces. However, there is still work to be done to address inequalities in access and visibility. A Latinx Caucus creates space to network with new, emerging, and established writers of varied Latinx identities, to discuss issues around the obstacles to publication (e.g. active oppression and the cultural marginalization of Latinx), and to discuss panel and event planning to increase Latino participation at AWP
Undocupoets published an open petition asking for ten highly visible and renowned first book poetry contests to reconsider and remove the language stating US citizenship as a requirement for submission/publication. In fall 2016, they established the Undocupoets Fellowship. Janine Joseph joined them in order to begin this fellowship to help undocumented writers pay book contest fees. Here they will discuss their goals moving forward and the marginalization of undocumented writers.