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Friday, September 20 • 9:00am - 10:15am
Excavating Trauma & Elevating Self-Care: A Cross-Genre Conversation on Convergence

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This project explores innovative literary approaches to writing about trauma (emotional/physical/sexual/psychic/spiritual), as well as the strategies that help us thrive during the complex writing process, which includes sending pieces out that face rejection and a publication experience that enables strangers and family access and insight into the various projects. Audre Lorde illuminates, “In the cause of silence, each of us draws the face of her own fear- fear of contempt, of censure, or some judgment, or recognition, of challenge, of annihilation. But most of all, I think, we fear the visibility without which we cannot truly live.” How does writing through trauma change our visibility and explore accountability?  We will consider the larger structural institutions and systems that impact identity formation and what is safely sharable or representable, as well as the interpersonal dynamics that shape our sense of selves. Investigating the distinction between secrecy and privacy, this project is about the risk and precipice of writing through the unsaid. Panelists will reflect on topics ranging from assault and familial loss to racial and queer identities. Within this context, panelists will explore the desire for vulnerability and the process of self-editing as well as work that has influenced them. This conversation will generate a safe space to examine the complexity of emotional self-censorship and serve as a catalyst for activating linguistic agency and self-care.

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Serena Chopra

Assistant Faculty, Seattle University
Serena Chopra is a teacher, writer, dancer, filmmaker, soundscape designer and a visual and performance artist. She has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Denver and an MFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She was a 2011-2013 Redline artist-in-residence, a... Read More →

Julia Cohen

Julia Cohen is the author of two books of poetry and one collection of hybrid essays.  Her work appears most recently in Juked, The Rumpus, Entropy, Heavy Feather Review, and BOMB. She is an Assistant Professor of English and Literature at Wright College.

Lily Hoang

Lily Hoang is the author of five books, including A Bestiary (PEN USA Award Finalist and winner of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s Nonfiction Contest) and Changing (recipient of a PEN Open Books Award). She teaches in the MFA program at UC San Diego.
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Sara Renee Marshall

Sara Renee Marshall is a poet and essayist. She has a BA in Political Science and an MFA in Poetry from University of Colorado. She’ll soon have a PhD from University of Georgia. Her writing has appeared in several chapbooks and journals like OmniVerse, La Vague, Colorado Review... Read More →

Joanna C. Valente

Joanna C. Valente is a human who lives in Brooklyn, New York. They are the author of Sirs & Madams, The Gods Are Dead, Marys of the Sea, Sexting Ghosts, Xenos, No(body) (forthcoming, 2019), and is the editor of A Shadow Map: Writing by Survivors of Sexual Assault. They received their... Read More →

Friday September 20, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am PDT
DISC-061 Auditorium