R195. Destruction and Creation: Addiction, Recovery, and Writing

Room 22, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


The addiction story, though centuries old, is a breaking one. Five authors who write from the edges present addiction perspectives and offer their approaches, both practical and emotional, to writing about addiction and recovery and the role addiction plays in their creative lives. The addiction myth operates in profound ways both historically and presently in the lives of writers. How do vocation and addiction intersect? How do we write in and through addiction spaces, images, and narratives?



Kelly Thompson is a contributor and curates Voices On Addiction for The Rumpus. Her writing has been nominated for a Pushcart, and she has work published in Entropy, Proximity, O Comely, Manifest Station, Witch Craft, The Writing Disorder, and 49 Writers, among other literary magazines.

Melissa Febos is the author of the memoir, Whip Smart, and the essay collection, Abandon Me. She serves on the Board of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, and she is assistant professor of creative nonfiction at Monmouth University and MFA faculty at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

Rob Roberge is the author of four books of fiction. His fifth book, the memoir, Liar, was released in 2016.

Vanessa Mártir has an unapologetically big mouth, and even bigger heart. Her work has been published in Poets & Writers, The Butter, and Dismantle, The VONA/Voices Anthology, among others. She created the Writing Our Lives Workshop and the #52essays2017 challenge. vanessamartir.net.


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