War Lit at #AWP15
After exhausting myself with a self-funded book tour last year, I attended AWP with enthusiasm, hoping to connect with fellow war lit authors and meet writers who I had connected with via social media since the Flashes of War release. All that happened. But what also happened was I grew gravely disappointed in the narrowness of the war lit conversations at that year’s conference, in addition to the small number of women and civilians invited to contribute to these conversations. I wasn’t the only one who noticed the gap. Independent of each other, Ben and Emily wrote proposals for panels and invited me to join. Their proposals were accepted from a pool of thousands and here I am, packing for the Minneapolis Convention Center–this year’s conference headquarters. Ben and I met in 2010 and even joined forces for part of my book tour. Emily and I have never met, but women war lit authors have a way of seeking each other out, and we’ve been connected through social media for quite some time.
If you’re in the area, please consider attending. Descriptions of my two panels are below, and following that I’ve provided a link for the full conference schedule as well.
Women Writing War
Room M100 F&G, Mezzanine Level, Thursday, April 9, 2015, 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm
Writing about her war-haunted novel Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf asks: Have I the power of conveying the true reality? Her question reflects many of the tensions in women’s war poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. How does gender disrupt conventional narratives of war? Do women tell different war stories? And how are issues of authority, credentials, and truth relevant to women currently writing about the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq? (Presenters: Emily Tedrowe, Jehanne Dubrow, Katey Schultz, Cara Hoffman)