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Deep Roots: Crafting Place with The Rumpus

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 10:30 am - 11:00 am PST
1010 SW Park Ave Portland, 97205

You sometimes read a book where the setting is such an indelible part of the story that it seems like a character unto itself. A discussion of writing place with T Kira Madden, author of the memoir Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls, set among the privilege and danger of Boca, Raton Florida; and Elizabeth McCracken, author of Bowlaway, set in a New England candlepin bowling alley. Moderated by Marisa Siegel, editor-in-chief of The Rumpus.

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T Kira Madden

T Kira Madden is an APIA writer, photographer, and amateur magician. She is the founding editor-in-chief of No Tokens, and facilitates writing workshops for homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals. A 2017 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in nonfiction literature, she has received fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Hedgebrook, Tin House, DISQUIET, Summer Literary Seminars, and Yaddo, where she was selected for the 2017 Linda Collins Endowed Residency Award. She lives in New York City and teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.

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Elizabeth McCracken

Elizabeth McCracken is the author of six books, Bowlaway, Here’s Your Hat What’s Your Hurry (stories), The Giant’s House (a National Book Award finalist), Niagara Falls All Over Again, the memoir An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination, and Thunderstruck & Other Stories (winner of the 2014 Story Prize, long-listed for the National Book Award), three of which were New York Times Notable Books. She has received grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. She has served on the faculty at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and currently holds the James Michener Chair for Fiction at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Marisa Siegel

Marisa Siegel lives, writes, and edits near NYC. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Mills College in Oakland, CA. Her essay “Inherited Anger” appears in the anthology Burn It Down (Seal Press, 2019) and her debut poetry chapbook, Fixed Stars, is forthcoming from Burrow Press in March 2022. She is senior acquiring editor for trade at Northwestern University Press, and owner/publisher of The Rumpus. Follow her on Twitter at @marisasaystweet.

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