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september, 2021

06sepmonHay Forum Dallas 2021 - DAY 27:00 pm - 9:00 pm Event Type :Festival

Event Details

LaToya Watkins

Tarfia Faizullah

Michelle Tea

Pilar Quintana

Following the success of the  previous installments of Hay Forum Dallas, The Wild Detectives and Hay Festival combine forces again to bring you some of  the most interesting literary and cultural discussions happening across North and South America.

All the events will be free and outdoors, you can RSVP here for Day 2. Proof of vaccination may be required to attend this event.



7pm The Language Effect: Shaping our Narratives through Voice 

“Words are the apertures through which we experience life, like windows… [and] literature is the lab in which language is refined.”  —Craig Morgan Teicher

How do narrative techniques influence the way we engage with books and community? Join Texas writers LaToya Watkins and Tarfia Faizullah for a panel discussion designed to explore different lessons on craft and voice. This panel will be moderated by Mag Gabbert.

LaToya Watkins is a fiction writer from Texas. Her stories have appeared in A Public Space, The Sun, The Kenyon Review, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern and Ruminate Magazine. LaToya’s work has been supported by Kimbilio Fiction Center, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Camargo Foundation, and Yaddo. Her novel, Perish, will be published by Tiny Reparations Books, an imprint of Dutton/Plume, in August 2022.

Tarfia Faizullah is the author of two poetry collections, REGISTERS OF ILLUMINATED VILLAGES (Graywolf, 2018) and SEAM (SIU, 2014). Tarfia’s writing appears widely in the U.S. and abroad in the Daily Star, Hindu Business Line, BuzzFeed, PBS News Hour, Huffington Post, Poetry Magazine, Ms. Magazine, the Academy of American Poets, Oxford American, the New Republic, the Nation, Halal If You Hear Me (Haymarket, 2019), and has been displayed at the Smithsonian, the Rubin Museum of Art, and elsewhere. Tarfia’s writing is translated into Bengali, Persian, Chinese, and Tamil, and is part of the theater production Birangona: Women of War

Mag Gabbert holds a PhD in creative writing from Texas Tech University and an MFA from The University of California at Riverside. She is the author of the chapbook Minml Poems (Cooper Dillon Books, 2020), and her work can also be found in 32 Poems, Pleiades, The Paris Review Daily, The Massachusetts Review, Waxwing, and many other journals. She’s received poetry fellowships from Idyllwild Arts and Poetry at Round Top, and in 2021 she was awarded a 92Y Discovery Award. She teaches creative writing at Southern Methodist University and serves as the interviews editor for Underblong Journal. For more information, please visit

8p Personal Geographies: Mapping the Outlines of Selfhood 

“That dog had been hers: she’d rescued her, carried her around in her brassiere, taught her to feed, where to do her business, to be good, until she became a full-grown bitch and didn’t need her.” Pilar Quintana, The Bitch

Historically, antiquated gender roles and societal pressure have given a simplistic and sometimes false perception of what a woman is and what a woman should want out of life. What happens when we question what culture insists on and begin to explore our own personal geographies?

Join Colombian writer and publicist Pilar Quintana in conversation with prolific literary organizer, editor, and author Michelle Tea for discussion on motherhood, auto theory, feminism, and identity. This panel will be moderated by A Public Space’s Marketing Director Cristina Rodriguez.

Michelle Tea is the author of several books, including the novels Black Wave, Rose of No Man’s Land, and Mermaid in Chelsea Creek; the children’s book Astro Babies; and the nonfiction books Against Memoir and How to Grow Up. A prolific literary organizer in queer and feminist communities, she founded RADAR Productions and Drag Queen Story Hour. Tea is the curator of the Amethyst Editions imprint at the Feminist Press. She lives in Los Angeles.

Pilar Quintana is a Colombian author. She debuted with Cosquillas en la lengua in 2003, and published Coleccionistas de polvos raros in 2007, the same year the Hay Festival selected her as one of the most promising young authors of Latin America. Her latest novel, The Bitch, won the PEN Translates award in the UK and was a finalist for the National Book Award in the US. It also won the prestigious Colombian Biblioteca de Narrativa Prize, was selected for several Best Books of 2017 lists, and was chosen as one of the most valuable objects to preserve for future generations in a marble time capsule in Bogotá. The Bitch is the first of her works to be translated into English.

Cristina Rodriguez is the Director of Sales and Marketing at A Public Space, arts, and culture magazine, and imprint, A Public Space Books. A former bookseller, she is also a Publishers Weekly 2020 Star Watch Honoree, a Bookselling Without Borders fellow, and a 2020 CLMP Firecracker Award judge.


Want to check more events? Since this edition is digital, you can explore all the events that will be part of Hay Festival Queretaro, with appearances from guests like: Svetlana Alexievich, Joseph Stiglitz, Diego Luna, James Rhodes, LASTESIS, Ken Loach and many more…

Check Hay Queretaro’s full program here

Hay Forum Dallas is made possible with the help of The Mexican Consulate in Dallas, UTD (Center for Translation Studies), UTA (Center for Mexican American Studies), SMU (World Languages and Literature), UNT WGST (Women’s and Gender Studies), UNT (Latina/o and Mexican Studies) and PEN America


Hay Festival is a not-for-profit organization that brings readers and writers together to share stories and ideas in sustainable events around the world. The festivals inspire, examine and entertain, inviting participants to imagine the world as it is and as it might be.

Nobel Prize-winners and novelists, scientists and politicians, historians and musicians talk with audiences in a dynamic exchange of ideas. The Festival’s global conversation shares the latest thinking in the arts and sciences with curious audiences live, in print and online. Hay Festival also runs wide programmes of education work supporting coming generations of writers and culturally hungry audiences of all ages.

In 1987, the festival was dreamt up around a kitchen table in Hay. Thirty-one years later, the unique marriage of exacting conversations and entertainment for all ages has travelled to editions in 30 locations, from the historic town of Cartagena in Colombia to the heart of cities in Peru, Mexico, Spain and Denmark. The organization now reaches a global audience of hundreds of thousands every year and continues to grow and innovate, building partnerships and initiatives alongside some of the leading bodies in arts and the media.

Acclaimed author, actor and writer Stephen Fry is President of the organization; Peter Florence is Director; and Caroline Michel, CEO of leading literary and talent agency Peters Fraser + Dunlop, is Chair of the Festival board.

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