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A Portrait of the Artist: Coming of Age Memoirs

Sat, Nov 11, 2017 from 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm PST
1200 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205

Three writers on how they came of age and found their voice as an artist. Poet and critic David Biespiel’s memoir The Education of a Young Poet charts his coming-of-age as a poet and the ways that language shapes our lives through personal and family history. In Caca Dolce: Essays from a Lowbrow Life, Chelsea Martin recounts her own growth as a writer and artist through stories of the crushes, music, sexual awakenings of her teenage years and early twenties. Kristen Radtke’s graphic novel Imagine Wanting Only This is the story of her lifelong fascination with ruined places, and her own twenty-something struggles to find her place in the world as an artist. With moderator Rob Spillman (All Tomorrow’s Parties, Tin House).

Chelsea Martin

Chelsea Martin is the author of Everything Was Fine Until Whatever; The Really Funny Thing About Apathy; Even Though I Don’t Miss You, which was named one of the Best Indie Books of 2013 by Dazed magazine; Mickey; and most recently, Caca Dolce. Her work has appeared in publications including BuzzFeed, Hobart, Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter, Vice, and Catapult, and was chosen as a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2016. She is a comic artist and illustrator and currently lives in Washington State.
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Kristen Radtke

Kristen Radtke is the author of the graphic nonfiction books Seek You and Imagine Wanting Only This. The recipient of a 2019 Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant, Radtke is the art director and deputy publisher of The Believer. Her work has appeared in The New York TimesMarie ClaireThe AtlanticThe GuardianThe New York Times MagazineVogue, and Harper’s, among many other publications.

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Rob Spillman

Rob Spillman is editor of Tin House magazine. He was recently awarded the PEN/Nora Magid Award for Editing, as well as CLMP’s Energizer Award for Exceptional Acts of Literary Citizenship, and VIDA’s Vido Award. His writing has appeared in Boston ReviewGQ, The New York Times Book ReviewRolling StoneSports IllustratedVogue, and Worth, among others. His memoir, All Tomorrow’s Parties, was released by Grove Press in 2016, and he is currently a lecturer in Columbia University’s MFA graduate writing program. Visit Rob online at robspillman.com
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David Biespiel

David Biespiel is a contributing writer at the New RepublicThe New YorkerPoetryPoliticoThe Rumpus, and Slate. He is the author of six collections of poetry, four books of nonfiction, and is the editor of two anthologies. His most recent books include the memoirs, A Place of Exodus and The Education of a Young Poet, which was selected a Best Books for Writers by Poets & Writers, and a book of poems, Republic Cafe. Recipient of two Oregon Book Awards, Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, and Lannan, National Endowment for the Arts, and Stegner fellowships, he has been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Balakian Award. He is Poet-in-Residence at Oregon State University where he teaches in the graduate Creative Writing Program and founder of the Attic Institute of Arts and Letters.

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