115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Creative Writing: Poetry I

Session Chair: 
Renee Ruderman, Metropolitan State University of Denver
Session 1: Friday 8:15 – 9:45 am
Henry 207


  1. Dhiffaf Al-Shwillay, University of Hawaii, Manoa
    Dhiffaf is a graduate student in the Department of English at the University of Hawai’i, Manoa. She has her M.A. in English literature from the College of Education, University of Baghdad 2006. In 2007, Dhiffaf was hired to teach English poetry, human rights, and introduction to religion in the Department of English/College of Education. Dhiffaf is interested in the social and cultural issues and challenges facing Middle Eastern Muslim women. The poem she will read is about a Muslim woman looking retrospectively to her early twenties in Iraq during the 1990s.
  2. Jacqueline Lyons, California Lutheran University
    Jacqueline Lyons is the author of the poetry collections The Way They Say Yes Here (Hanging Loose Press), and Lost Colony (Dancing Girl Press). Her next book of poetry is forthcoming from Barrow Street Press in 2018.
  3. Derek Updegraff, Azusa Pacific University
    Derek Updegraff is the author of the forthcoming poetry and translation collection Paintings That Look Like Things (Stephen F. Austin State University Press) and the short fiction collection The Butcher's Tale and Other Stories (SFA Press, 2016). His poems, translations, short stories, and essays have appeared in The Carolina Quarterly, the minnesota review, Natural Bridge, Measure, The Classical Outlook, Texas Studies in Literature and Language, and other places.
Session Cancelled: