MWLF: Panel Discussion: Writing through Displacement
05 | 27 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mountain Words Literary Festival: Panel Discussion: “Writing through Displacement”
Friday, May 27
4 pm – 5 pm
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Panel discussion: “Writing through Displacement”; finding language for new ideas of belonging and identity within the experience of cultural, geographic, or internal displacement. With Steven Dunn, Suzi Q Smith, Teow Lim Goh, Bernardo Wade and others.
Steven Dunn is a 2021 Whiting Award winner, and shortlisted for Granta’s “Best of Young American Novelists.” He is the author of two books from Tarpaulin Sky Press: water & power (2018) and Potted Meat (2018), which was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award, and has been adapted for a short film entitled The Usual Route, from Foothills Productions. Steven was born and raised in West Virginia, and after 10 years in the Navy, he earned a B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Denver and an MFA from Stetson University. He teaches in the MFA programs at Regis University and Cornell College.
Suzi Q. Smith is an award-winning artist, organizer, and educator who lives in Denver, Colorado. She has created, curated, coached, and taught in Denver for over 20 years, managing the largest poetry festivals that Denver has seen to date. The author of poetry collections Poems for the End of the World, A Gospel of Bones, and Thirteen Descansos, Suzi is also a singer-songwriter, playwright, and multi-disciplinary creative. Currently, she is Affiliate Faculty with Regis University’s Mile High MFA, Lighthouse Writers Workshop, and DU’s Prison Arts Initiative, and she serves as the [margins.] Conference Director for The Word.
Bernardo Wade is a writer/artist from New Orleans, Bernardo Wade tries at poems & rides his bike around Bloomington, IN, because IU funds his present period of studying with others. He currently serves as Associate Editor of Indiana Review, is a Watering Hole Fellow, and moonlights as an equity and justice advocate. He was recently awarded the 2021 Puerto del Sol Poetry Prize and has words in or forthcoming in Crazyhorse, Black Warrior Review, Guernica, Cincinnati Review & others.
Teow Lim Goh is the author of two poetry collections, Islanders (2016) and Faraway Places (2021), and a forthcoming essay collection Western Journeys (2022). Her essays, poetry, and criticism have been or will be featured in The Georgia Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Los Angeles Review of Books, PBS NewsHour, and The New Yorker.
Arvin Ramgoolam is a father, writer, and co-owner of Townie Books and Rumors Coffee and Tea House with his wife Danica in Crested Butte, CO. He is the 2020 recipient of the Adina Talve-Goodman Fellowship from One Story and a MacDowell Fellow in 2022. His work focuses on otherness and place, especially minorities in the American West. Arvin is currently at work on a novel reimagining the American West and challenging the architecture of the myth of Western white masculinity. His short stories are meditations on culture through the lens of pop culture, music, art, comic books, and video games.