R203. Faith, Fervor, and Fundamentalism: How Writers Are Impacted by Their Religious Beliefs

Grand Salon D, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


How is writing impacted by one’s faith of origin? If a writer no longer practices their faith of origin, what aspects remain? Writers who grew up practicing Islam, Judaism, and fundamentalist Christianity, working in poetry, prose, and hybrid forms, discuss how their faith of origin can be a source of inspiration, illumination, or darkness.They will examine how they use the teachings of their faith in order to reclaim the stories that need to be told.



Deirdre Sugiuchi is the author of the forthcoming fundamentalist boot camp memoir, Unreformed. Her work has been featured in Guernica, Electric Lit, The Rumpus, and other places. She serves as a public school librarian and curates the New Town Revue Music & Lit series.

Sabrina Orah Mark is the author of the prose poetry collections The Babies and Tsim Tsum. Her poems and stories have recently appeared or are forthcoming in American Short Fiction, B O D Y, The Believer, and in the anthology My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales.

Garrard Conley is the author of a memoir, Boy Erased. His work can be found in Time, Vice, CNN, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Madison Review, The Common, and others. He received scholarships from the Bread Loaf and Sewanee conferences and currently teaches creative writing in New York City.

Yvonne Brown is a poet, archivist for the Toni Morrison Society, and founder of the Crying Girl Movement, which invites women to share their stories of overcoming obstacles. Her writing springs from an acute awareness of her Iranian roots.

Daniel Khalastchi is the author of two books of poetry. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and former fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, he lives in Iowa City and directs the University of Iowa's Magid Center for Undergraduate Writing. He is a founding editor of Rescue Press.


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