The Desert Nights, Rising Stars
Writers Conference

Conference Schedule 2020

Friday, February 21, 2020, 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Suspending Damage in Fiction with Rogelio Juárez

Date(s): Friday, February 21, 2020, 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Basha, Old Main (view map)
Conversation, Craft Talk, Discussion, Presentation
Genre and Form(s): Fiction, Race, Sexuality
Tags: White Gaze, Character, Narrative, Suffering, Trauma, Whiteness, Diversity

About the Session

Does the white gaze cause us to compromise or be less thorough in investigations of character and narrative? Do we curate ourselves when writing about suffering or trauma? As readers, do we come to marginalized or underrepresented literature with expectations? This session will bring Identity and Race into Watkins' investigation of audience, power, and white heteronormative supremacy. Toni Morrison's Playing in the Dark, David Mura's A Stranger's Journey, and Eve Tuck's "Suspending Damage: A Letter to Communities" provide the foundation for a dialogue about how tokenization, inclusivity and diversity interact with our constructions in fiction.

Meet the Presenter(s)

Photograph of Rogelio Juarez

Rogelio Juárez is a Phoenix-based writer, a graduate of the VONA/Voices of Our Nation and Tin House workshops, a grandson of Braceros and son of an immigrant and a marine. His writing can be found in J Journal: New Writing on Justice, The James Franco Review, and Zócalo Public Square.