SWWC 2003 Highlights
Conference guests eat dinner with Dorothy Allison
Our theme this year was Self-Locations/Dislocations. For many southern women, writing has been and remains a means of self-location, not simply in terms of geography but in multiple intersections of gender, race, ethnicity, and sexuality as well as in community, history, ecology, etc.; for others, writing may also be a means of responding to displacement and diaspora. We invited both critical and creative submissions.
Open Mike Night
Conference participant Dinah Swan entertains students at the Open Mike Night, where writers of all ages and back- grounds shared their talent.
Saturday, Southern Women Writers gathered near the reflection pools outside the Ford Complex for fresh air, book signing, and conversation. Clockwise from top left: Tayari Jones signs copy of Leaving Atlanta; The School of Beauty and Charm author Melanie Sumner; Berry College Archivist Rebecca Roberts stocks up; A view of the Ford Quadrangle at Book Signing time; Singer-songwriter Marshall Chapman and Southern scholar Helen Taylor converse.
Conference Hosts and Guests
The conference co-chairs were Dr. Carrie Baker, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology and Director of Women's Studies and Dr. Jim Watkins, Associate Professor of English, Rhetoric, and Writing. Left: Dorothy Allison with Jim Watkins
Right: Carrie Baker with Janisse Ray