R136. Towards Truth and Brevity: All About Creative Nonfiction Chapbooks

Room 25, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Chapbooks aren’t just for poets anymore. For creative nonfiction writers they can be a focused meditation on a single subject, an experiment in content or form, a micro-collection of essays, a stepping-stone to a full-length work, a place of play, an art object. This panel will discuss different ways of crafting CNF chapbooks, including different forms, style at the sentence level, where to submit, what to expect, and how chapbooks can fit into a larger and longer writing project.


Randon Billings Noble is an essayist. Her full-length collection Be with Me Always is forthcoming, and her lyric essay chapbook is Devotional. Other work appears in The New York Times, Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, and elsewhere. She is reviews editor at Tinderbox Poetry Journal.

Bernard Grant is a doctoral student at the University of Cincinnati, where he is a Yates Fellow. He holds an MFA from Pacific Lutheran University and has published stories and essays in Crab Orchard Review, New Delta Review, The Chicago Tribune Printers Row, and elsewhere.

B.J. Hollars is an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, a mentor for Creative Nonfiction, and the author of several works, most recently Flock Together and From the Mouths of Dogs, as well as the editor of Blurring the Boundaries.

Penny Guisinger is the author of Postcards from Here and the founding director of Iota: Short Prose Conference. Her work has appeared in Fourth Genre, River Teeth, The Rumpus, and others. Pushcart nominated and a Best American Essays notable, Guisinger is an assistant editor at Brevity.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside