2016-2017 Jiménez-Porter Writers’ House Student Initiatives     

Please contact the lead students, listed below, if you are interested in getting involved!


Taboo Topics Literary Club

leads: Kija Kennedy and Rachel Walker



This initiative is meant as a weekly or biweekly club in which we will engage with

literature dealing with taboo topics in order to examine how stigmatized

activities – and people engaging in them – are represented in literature. Topics

for discussion include sex, sexuality, abortion, gender identity, drug use, mental

health, anti-capitalism, incarceration, violence and trauma. We hope to discuss

all forms of writing, ranging from poetry to drama to prose. We also would like

to open the club up as a space for people to workshop or share writing that they

don’t feel comfortable sharing in a formal class setting.


Asian-American and Pacific Islander Literature Club

lead:  Alice Yanhong Lu


Reading group; funds to be spent on books, snacks, and possible field trip.


Kahwa wa Kutub (“Books and Coffee”)  Middle Eastern Literature Reading Group

lead:  Aiyah Sibay


Reading group; funds to be spent on books, snacks, and possible field trip.


Literary Pilgrimage to Philadelphia:  

lead: Alana Pedalino


Funds from Writers’ House will cover NO FOOD nor LODGING for this pilgrimage, instead, funds will be used to pre-pay tickets for twelve to go to a few museums (as requested), and defray transportation costs.


CAPCLAVE Sci-Fi Conference 2016:  

lead: Rosie Brown


Five students will attend the CapClave Literary Conference Oct 7-9. Funds will cover conference fee only. Students to provide their own transportation.


Terpoets/TOTUS Collaborative Event

lead:   Asiana Phan


Event production costs as allowable will be covered by Writers’ House.  Event will occur at the Stamp Student Union.