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Sins of the Fathers: Memoirs of Inheritance

Sat, Nov 10, 2018 from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
1111 SW Broadway Portland, OR 97205

Three memoirs reckon with complicated family histories and the struggle to reconcile the past and the future. In Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir, Jean Guerrero delves deep into her family’s shadowy past as she investigates her father’s self-destructive and erratic behavior, straddling the border between truth and fantasy. The Gospel of Trees recounts Apricot Irving’s experience growing up a missionary’s daughter in Haiti, and her struggle to understand her father’s choices as an adult.  In Air Traffic: A Memoir of Ambition and Manhood in America, Pulitzer Prize winner Gregory Pardlo learns to be a poet, a father, and a teacher as he grapples with the irresistible yet ruinous legacy of masculinity he inherited from his father. Moderated by Brian Evenson, author of A Collapse of Horses.

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Jean Guerrero

Jean Guerrero is the author of Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir, winner of the PEN/FUSION Emerging Writers prize. She is an Emmy-award-winning investigative reporter covering immigration for KPBS TV, radio and online in San Diego; she contributes to NPR, PBS and other public media. Her reporting was cited by a Congressional inquiry about the Trump administration’s family separations months before they captured national attention. She started her career at the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires as a commodities correspondent in Mexico City, trekking through mountains with coffee smugglers, opium poppy producers and maize farmers across Latin America. She has won numerous awards from the San Diego Press Club and the Society for Professional Journalists. Visit her online at jeanguerrero.com.
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Apricot Irving

Apricot Anderson Irving is currently based in the woods outside Portland, Oregon, but has lived in Haiti, Indonesia, and the UK. Her missionary parents moved to Haiti when she was six years old; she left at the age of fifteen. She returned to Haiti in the spring of 2010 to cover the earthquake for the radio program This American Life. She is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award and an Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship. Her renowned oral history project, BoiseVoices.com, was a collaboration between youth and elders to record the stories of a neighborhood in the midst of gentrification. She loves to garden, and on rare occasions she can be persuaded to belt out Irish folk songs in bars. The Gospel of Trees is her first book. Visit her online at apricotirving.com.
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Gregory Pardlo

Gregory Pardlo is the author of the memoir Air Traffic. He is also the author of Digest, winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Digest was also nominated for an NAACP Image Award, named a standout book by the Academy of American Poets, a New York Times best poetry book of the year, and a finalist for the Hurston Wright Legacy Award and INDIEFAB Book of the Year. Gregory Pardlo’s other awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. His first poetry collection, Totem, won the American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize in 2007. He is Poetry Editor of Virginia Quarterly Review, and lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two kids. Visit Gregory online at pardlo.com

In addition to his festival event, Gregory Pardlo is appearing in the following festival partner events:

Lit Crawl Portland -- Join us on a madcap literary adventure through the streets of downtown Portland! All events are free and open to the public, and culminate in the Tin House After Party. More info here.

Friday, November 9, 8:00–8:45 p.m.: Poetry Karaoke: Celebrity Edition with Mule on Fire

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Brian Evenson

Brian Evenson is the author of a dozen books of fiction, most recently the story collection A Collapse of Horses (Coffee House Press, 2016) and the novella The Warren (Tor.com, 2016). He has been a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award and the Edgar Award, and has won the ALA-RUSA Award. He is the recipient of three O. Henry Prizes as well as an NEA fellowship. He lives in Los Angeles and teaches in the Critical Studies Program at CalArts. Visit him online at brianevenson.com
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