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may, 2017

10maywedWomen of Color in Writing7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Event Type :Conversation

WomenI of Color in Literature

Event Details

The inequity of who gets published or critical attention runs deep. While the struggle for gender parity continues, there are additional challenges for women of color. Sanderia Faye (The Mourner’s Bench) will lead a discussion about these topics with novelist R. Flowers Rivera (Heathen), Sophia Terazawa (I AM NOT A WAR) and poet Fatima Ayan Malika Hirsi.

Sanderia Faye was born and raised in Gould, Arkansas. She serves on the creative writing faculty at Southern Methodist University. Faye is the author of Mourner’s Bench (University of Arkansas Press, September 2015-peer reviewed). The novel is the winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in debut fiction. Her work has appeared in various literary journals and in Arsnick: The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Arkansas, edited by historians Dr. Jennifer Wallach and Dr. John Kirk. Faye is co-founder and fellow at Kimbilio Center for Fiction. She moderated a 2015 AWP panel and the grassroots panel for the Arkansas Civil Rights Symposium during the Freedom Riders 50th Anniversary. She is a recipient of awards, residencies, and fellowships from Hurston/Wright Writers Conference, Eckerd College’s Writers in Paradise Conference, Callaloo Writers Workshop, Vermont, Writers Studio, The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow, and Martha’s Vineyard Writers Residency. Faye is also a PhD student in English at North Texas University. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from Arizona State University, and a BS in Accounting from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. She was an instructor for The United States Navy-Navy College Program for Afloat College Education (NCPACE). She is a public speaker for Books In Common.

R. Flowers Rivera is native of Mississippi, she completed a Ph.D. at Binghamton University and an M.A. at Hollins University. Xavier Review Press published her debut poetry collection, Troubling Accents (July 2013), which received a nomination from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters and was selected by the Texas Association of Authors as its 2014 Poetry Book of the Year. Rivera’s second collection, Heathen, has been selected by poet and literary activist E. Ethelbert Miller as the winner of the 2014 Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Prize (forthcoming from Wayne State University Press, March 2015). Her short story, The Iron Bars, won the 1999 Peregrine Prize, and she has been a finalist for the May Swenson Award, the Journal Intro Award, the Gary Snyder Memorial Award, the Paumanok Award, the Crab Orchard Series, and the Gival Poetry Prize as well as garnering nominations for Pushcarts. She has been published in journals such as African American Review, Columbia, Beloit Poetry Journal, Evergreen Chronicles, Feminist Studies, Obsidian, The Southern Review, and UCity Review. Currently, she lives in McKinney, Texas. View more of her work by visiting

Sophia Terazawa is a Vietnamese-Japanese poet, performer and author of the digital chapbook I AM NOT A WAR (Essay Press, 2016). Her poems also appear online and in journals like Big Lucks, TAYO, The Boiler Journal, and elsewhere. When the mood strikes, she creates poetry films with the love of her life, Dylan Lowry. Please dive into her work here:

Fatima-Ayan Malika Hirsi writes in violet ink. In January 2016, she founded Dark Moon Poetry & Arts to spotlight the creative feminine and non-binary energies of North Texas. She is the Educational Outreach Director at The Writer’s Garret, a literary nonprofit in Dallas. She can often be found on sidewalks using her typewriter to birth poems for strangers. She has been published in Entropy, Anthropology Now!, Bearing the Mask, and elsewhere. Her work has been featured by KERA, the Dallas Morning News, the Dallas Observer, Writer’s Digest, and others. She loves cats, and includes this fact in her bios without shame or guilt.

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