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Anna Badkhen

Anna Badkhen has spent most of her life in the Global South. Her immersive investigations of the world’s iniquities have yielded six books of literary nonfiction, most recently Fisherman’s Blues. She has written about a dozen wars on three continents, and her essays and dispatches appear in periodicals and literary magazines such as the New York Review of BooksGrantaThe CommonGuernica and the New York Times. Her awards include the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Barry Lopez Visiting Writer in Ethics and Community Fellowship, and the Joel R. Seldin Award from Psychologists for Social Responsibility for writing about civilians in war zones.

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November 2019

The Journey: The Writer in the World


November 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Portland Art Museum, Whitsell Auditorium (McMenamins Stage), 1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205 United States

An intimate, wide-ranging conversation between Anna Badkhen and Barry Lopez about writing, and the role the write plays as a global citizen. Anna Badkhen’s immersive investigations of the world’s inequities have yielded six books of literary nonfiction, most recently Fisherman’s…

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Discussion of the Undoing


November 9 @ 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Portland Parks Foundation Tent (Josie G. Mendoza & Hugh Mackworth Stage), 1010 SW Park Ave Portland, 97205 United States

For John Freeman—literary critic, essayist, editor, poet, “one of the preeminent book people of our time” (Dave Eggers)—it is the rare moment when words are not enough. But in the wake of the election of 2016, words felt useless, even…

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