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Questions, Interrogations, and Confessions: Making Life into Art

Sat, Nov 11, 2017 from 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm PST
1111 SW Broadway Ave Portland, Oregon 97205

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, editor-in-chief of The Rumpus. Kaveh Akbar’s appearance is in partnership with the Poetry Foundation.

Kaveh Akbar

Kaveh Akbar's poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, Tin House, PBS NewsHour, A Public Space, Guernica, Boston Review, and elsewhere. He is a recipient of a 2016 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. He is also the founder and editor of Divedapper, a home for dialogues with vital voices in contemporary poetry. He is the author of Calling a Wolf a Wolf (Alice James Books, September 2017) and the chapbook Portrait of the Alcoholic (Sibling Rivalry). Kaveh was born in Tehran, Iran and currently lives in Tallahassee, Florida. He will be a visiting professor at Purdue University in Indiana in Fall 2017.
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Melissa Febos

Melissa Febos is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Whip Smart. Her work has been widely anthologized and appears in publications including the Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Glamour, Guernica, Post Road, Tin House, Salon, the New York Times, the Rumpus, and Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York, and her essays have won prizes from Prairie Schooner, Story Quarterly, and the Center for Women Writers. The recipient of an M.F.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, she is currently an assistant professor of creative writing at Monmouth University and M.F.A. faculty at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), and serves on the Board of Directors of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. Her latest work is Abandon Me. The daughter of a sea captain and a psychotherapist, she was raised on Cape Cod and lives in Booklyn. Also appearing in:

LOFI @ Wordstock

Date: Friday, Nov 10 Venue: Winningstad Theatre, Portland’5 Doors: 7:30 p.m. / Show 8:00 p.m.

Literary Arts and the producers of Back Fence PDX present: LOFI @ WORDSTOCK! A variety show packed with Wordstock authors + Portland favorite performers in a highly entertaining variety show that features comedy, music, stories, poetry, video, raucous readings and weird stuff.  The bulk of the proceeds from this show will be donated to Literary Arts. Tickets $16–$22. Available at Portland’5.
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Megan Stielstra

Megan Stielstra is the author of three collections: The Wrong Way To Save Your Life, Once I Was Cool, and Everyone Remain Calm. Her work appears in the Best American Essays, New York Times, Poets & Writers, Guernica, Buzzfeed Reader, PANK, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. A longtime company member with 2nd Story, she has told stories for National Public Radio, Radio National Australia, Museum of Contemporary Art, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, the Neo-Futurarium, and regularly with The Paper Machete live news magazine at The Green Mill. She teaches creative nonfiction at Northwestern University and talks about writing and education in classrooms and conferences around the country.
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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 2022. She is editor-in-chief and owner of The Rumpus.

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