F113. Writing That Raids the Real: Research in Three Genres

Florida Salon 4, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
9:00 am to 10:15 am


All writers reconstruct the world. Often we use imagination, but mining science, family history, interviews, or Project Muse can add context and metaphor. Panelists with books in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction discuss ways to investigate, including how to determine what research might be productive, such as interviewing George W. Bush, hanging around fracking sites, following arsonists, or milking libraries. They offer practical advice for crafting distinctive writing using factual materials.


Clinton Crockett Peters is author of Pandora's Garden (essays), forthcoming. He's won prizes from Shenandoah, North American Review, Columbia Journal, and Crab Orchard Review. He holds an MFA from Iowa and has work in Orion, Southern Review, The Rumpus, Fourth Genre, and Hotel Amerika.

Stephanie Elizondo Griest is the author of four books, including Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana; Mexican Enough; and All the Agents & Saints: Dispatches from the U.S. Borderlands. Assistant professor of creative nonfiction at UNC-Chapel Hill, she lectures around the globe.

Toni Jensen is the author of the story collection From the Hilltop. Her stories and essays have been published in journals and anthologies, including Catapult, Ecotone, and Denver Quarterly. She teaches creative writing at the University of Arkansas. She is Métis.

Phong Nguyen is the author of The Adventures of Joe Harper, Pages from the Textbook of Alternate History, and Memory Sickness. He is coeditor of Pleiades. He coedited the book Nancy Hale: The Life and Work of a Lost American Master. He teaches creative writing at the University of Central Missouri.

Kathryn Nuernberger is the author of two poetry collections, The End of Pink and, and Rag & Bone. Her collection of lyric essays is Brief Intrerviews with the Romantic Past. An associate professor of creative writing at University of Central Missouri, she also serves as director of Pleiades Press.


March 27–30, 2019
Portland, OR

Oregon Convention Center