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Melissa Febos

Melissa Febos is the author of the memoir Whip Smart and two essay collections: Abandon Me, a LAMBDA Literary Award finalist and Publishing Triangle Award finalist, and Girlhood, a national bestseller. Catapult will publish a collection of her craft essays, Body Work, on March 15, 2022. A recipient of the Jeanne Córdova Nonfiction Award from LAMBDA Literary and of fellowships from MacDowell, Bread Loaf, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The BAU Institute at The Camargo Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, The Barbara Deming Foundation, and others; her essays have appeared in the Paris Review, The Believer, McSweeney’s Quarterly, Granta, The Yale Review, Tin House, The Sun, and the New York Times Magazine. She is an associate professor at the University of Iowa, where she teaches in the Nonfiction Writing Program.

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Nov 11

Pop Up Events  

Pop-up: The Rumpus presents Kaveh Akbar, Melissa Febos, & Sarah Manguso

Contributors to The Rumpus and Wordstock: Portland's Book Festival presenting authors, Kaveh Akbar, Melissa Febos, and Sarah Manguso, join forces for a pop-up reading in the Portland Art Museum Galleries.  This group is paired with Gnomes Bowling by N.C. Wyeth; found in the Wyeth family exhibit, floor 2, gallery 209. Please reference the Portland Art Museum

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Saturday

Nov 11

Questions, Interrogations, and Confessions: Making Life into Art

How do we create art from our own wounds and wonders? In their poetry, memoirs, and essays, these three writers reckon with personal trauma and healing. Kaveh Akbar (Calling a Wolf a Wolf), Melissa Febos (Abandon Me), and Megan Stielstra (The Wrong Way to Save Your Life) discuss life and art with moderator Marisa Siegel,

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