Diane Williams reads Robert Tindall
I’m writing about the very exciting event, “Innovative Women Writers in
Publishing,” that will take place this April. I would like to notify interested faculty
and students of the opportunity to compose questions/prompts for the panel
discussion portion of the event.
This event will take place on April 27th at 7:00 pm in Humanities 150. The
participants are writers/publishers Roxane Gay, Joyelle McSweeney, and Diane
Williams. Each participant will read from her own creative work (for about 10-15
minutes). Then for the next 30 minutes there will be a moderated discussion
between the three participants that addresses topics suggested by the event’s
title. (Topics such as the pragmatics of managing an independent press;
publishing pragmatics/concerns; issues of gender in writing and publishing; the
creative process; what is “experimental” or “innovative” writing; what is
“experimental” or “innovative” writing by women, etc, etc.)
If you’d like to compose questions or discussion prompts that the moderator can
pose to the participants, please do so and send them to me at
firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ve collected a bunch of links to the participants’ recent
essays and blog posts and other relevant items of interest below. I’m hoping the
list might help people to see what the three participants are currently talking
about, which may prove helpful in composing discussion questions/prompts. The
list will also familiarize people with the work and concerns of the participants, for
those who are not already familiar. Oh, and please feel free to email me discussion
prompts composed by your students. There will also be time set aside for
additional audience involvement and discussion/Q & A.
You can email me (email@example.com), Adam Bishop
(firstname.lastname@example.org), or Oren Silverman (email@example.com)
with any questions or concerns related to the upcoming event.
Roxane Gay is the author of Ayiti (Artistically Declined Press, 2011), a collection of
fictions, poems, and essays on the Hatian diaspora. Her prose is widely published
and appears or is forthcoming in venues such as Mid-American Review, DIAGRAM,
McSweeneys, The Collagist, Salon, Hobart, Wigleaf, and others. She is the co-
editor of PANK (an online and print journal), the founder and editor of Tiny
Hardcore Books (a press), and a regular contributor to HTMLGIANT.com. She is an
Assistant Professor of English at Eastern Illinois University.
Roxane Gay’s website (where you can find links to her stories + essays):
A story by Roxane Gay in DIAGRAM: http://thediagram.com/9_6/gay.html
Link to PANK: www.pankmagazine.com
Link to Tiny Hardcore Press: www.tinyhardcorepress.com
Link to her contributions at HTMLGIANT: http://htmlgiant.com/author/roxane/
Roxane Gay on the rights of women: http://therumpus.net/2012/03/the-
Roxane Gay on Trayvon Martin: http://therumpus.net/2012/03/a-place-where-
On managing a micro-press: http://htmlgiant.com/behind-the-scenes/lessons-
Review of Ayiti: http://monkeybicycle.net/blog/review-ayiti-by-roxane-gay/
Interview at Monkey Bicycle: http://monkeybicycle.net/blog/ten-everywhere-
On Franzen/social networking: http://htmlgiant.com/web-hype/do-as-franzen-
On Edith Wharton: http://htmlgiant.com/craft-notes/class-is-in-session-with-
Joyelle McSweeney is the author of two hybrid-genre novels: Flet, a sci-fi (Fence
2008) and Nylund, The Sarcographer (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2007), a baroque-noir.
She is also the author of two volumes of poetry, The Commandrine and Other
Poems (Fence, 2004) and The Red Bird (Fence, 2001). Along with Johannes
Goransson, she edits Action Books (a press) and Action, Yes (a quarterly online
journal), both of which are dedicated to international writing and hybrid forms.
Deinformation Zone, a text on translation, co-authored with Johannes Goransson,
is just out from Ugly Duckling. A new collection of poetry by Joyelle McSweeney is
forthcoming from Fence. She is an Associate Professor of English at the University
of Notre Dame.
Link to Montevidayo (Joyelle McSweeney is a regular contributor):
Link to Action Books: http://actionbooks.org/
Link to Action, Yes Online Quarterly: http://actionyes.org/
Link to excerpts of Nylund (The Sarcographer) by Joyelle McSweeney:
About the boyesque/gurlesque: http://www.montevidayo.com/?p=2223
About Deformation Zone: http://htmlgiant.com/random/some-notes-on-
About the necropastoral: http://htmlgiant.com/random/the-necropastoral-by-
Discussion about the future of poetry: http://exoskeleton-
Brief comment on indie publishing:
Joyelle McSweeney on Aase Berg’s Transfer Fat:
Diane Williams is the author of six books, including The Stupefaction (Alfred A.
Knopf, 1996), Excitability: Selected Stories (Dalkey Archive Press, 1998), and It Was
Like My Trying to Have a Tender-Hearted Nature (Fiction Collective 2, 2007). Her
newest collection, Vicky Swanky Is A Beauty, is just out from McSweeney’s. She
was the publisher and co-editor of the influential StoryQuarterly from 1985 to
2007. She currently resides in New York City, where she is the chief editor of
NOON, a literary annual. She has taught at Bard College, Syracuse University, and
The Center For Fiction in New York City.
Link to NOON: www.noonannual.com
Stories by Diane Williams in the Brooklyn Rail:
Interview at The Faster Times:
Interview at Elimae: http://elimae.com/interviews/williams.html
Micro-interview in The Believer: http://www.believermag.com/issues/200810/?
Video of Diane reading someone else’s cool story, which she published in NOON:
Post at HTMLGIANT about the new issue of NOON: