Creative Writing Panel - "Voices in Diaspora"

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
NeMLA (Northeast Modern Language Association)
contact email: 

NeMLA's 54th Annual Convention 

Niagara Falls, NY March 23-26, 2023

Creative Writing Panel - "Voices in Diaspora"

The term diaspora refers to the dispersion of a people from their native land; and often, there is a subjective emotional attachment whereas such feelings are determined by cultural identity. We see this illustrated in works by writers such as Elizabeth Nunez, V.S. Naipaul, Yaa Gyasi, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Jhumpa Lahiri as they examine themes such as nostalgia, alienation, displacement, and resilience in the face of adversity. This creative panel will consist of emerging writers who use their works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry to illustrate the various experiences connected to living in diaspora.

Please submit a 300-word abstract that describes the original creative piece(s) that you are interested in presenting. Abstracts may be submitted via the NeMLA submission portal at by September 30, 2022. Questions about the panel may be directed to Margaret Cox at