The Desert Nights, Rising Stars
Writers Conference

Conference Schedule 2020

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Narcocorridos, Narcocultura, Necropolitics, and the Border's Undead: Writing Violence and Death on the U.S.-Mexico Border with Natalie Scenters-Zapico

Date(s): Saturday, February 22, 2020, 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Traditions, University Club (view map)
Discussion, Presentation
Genre and Form(s): Latinx, Mixed Genre, Social Justice
Tags: The Border

About the Session

Framed around three stories of violence and death on the border, we will look at the various ways a story can be told—as a song, a poem, an oral history, a video, or a short story. In this way we will not only question how genre bending can influence how we write violence, but how the modes we choose as writers can serve to ask poignant questions or to fetishize. 

Meet the Presenter(s)

Photograph of Natalie Scenters-Zapico

Natalie Scenters-Zapico is the author of Lima :: Limón (Copper Canyon Press 2019) and The Verging Cities (Center for Literary Publishing 2015). She has won fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, CantoMundo, and was a 2018 Poetry Foundation Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow. Originally from the sister cities of El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, she teaches Latina/o Studies and Creative Writing at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma Washington.