Real Women Talk Dirty: Feminisms of Sex in Fiction
Mar
29
12:00 PM12:00

Real Women Talk Dirty: Feminisms of Sex in Fiction

  • Oregon Convention Center, Level 2, Portland Ballroom 251 (map)
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AWP panel with Claire Vaye Watkins, Nalo Hopkinson, Mary Ann Mohanraj, and Debra Monroe, moderated by Kate Simonian.

One way to define dirt is as ‘matter out of place.’ Is ‘dirty’ literature labelled as such because of its content, or because of its irreverent treatment of such matter? What would advocates of heteroglossia or mixed discourses think of ‘dirty fiction’—that its determined blending makes it the sharpest edge of realism? Is the depiction of sex crucial to the goals of feminisms, and how? This all-woman panel discusses craft hazards and opportunities of rendering the sexually explicit.

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A Reading by the 2019 Whiting Awards Winners
Mar
21
7:00 PM19:00

A Reading by the 2019 Whiting Awards Winners

Join the Whiting Foundation for readings in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and drama by the ten talented winners of the 2019 Whiting Awards! The writers will be introduced by Alexander Chee, Whiting 2003 fiction winner and author of How to Write an Autobiographical Novel. Wine and cheese will be served throughout the evening.

The Whiting Foundation provides support for writers and scholars who astonish us by expanding the boundaries of art and understanding. Since 1985, the Foundation has supported creative writing through the Whiting Awards, given annually to ten emerging writers in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama. The awards are based on early accomplishment and the promise of great work to come.

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Are You Your Mind? A Conversation
Aug
31
7:00 PM19:00

Are You Your Mind? A Conversation

Otherwise, a reading series dedicated to supporting the work of outsider artists, is proud to bring together two authors whose work breaks rank and defies expectations of form and sentiment. Moderated by Merritt Tierce, this discussion will traverse embodied selves, sexuality and art, mental states and art, trauma and art, and how we enact and live within and reject gendered and racialized identity. Read more about the event.

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Are You Your Body? A Conversation
Mar
30
7:00 PM19:00

Are You Your Body? A Conversation

Two groundbreaking debut story collections published last year investigate relationships, desire, gender, and transformation, from powerfully queer and brilliantly real perspectives. Merritt Tierce will moderate a conversation between Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties, and Jess Arndt, author of Large Animals: Stories, that will explore the authors' interests and expertise in writing "dark" stories (what exactly does that mean?), breaking and inventing fictional forms, how the body and the self are connected, and how literature can shape and explain and be that connection.

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