R281. The Places America Forgot: A Reading of Rural Fiction

Room 11, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


Writers from distinct, poor, and working-class backgrounds read stories and novel excerpts set in the unique, underrepresented, rural areas that helped shape their respective work. These places, often ignored as literary settings, enrich the nuance and individual styles of these writers, informing the literary and artistic philosophy of their fiction.


Joseph D. Haske is a writer and critic whose debut novel, North Dixie Highway, was released in October 2013. His fiction appears in journals such as Boulevard, Fiction International, The Texas Review, The Four-Way Review, Pleiades, and in The Chicago Tribune's literary supplement, Printers Row.

Jodi Angel’s collection of short stories, You Only Get Letters from Jail, was named a Best Best Book of 2013 by Esquire. Her work has appeared in Esquire, Tin House, One Story, Zoetrope: All Story, Electric Literature: Recommended Reading, The Offing, and Best American Mystery Stories 2014.

Daniel M. Mendoza is the editor of Stray Dogs: Interviews with Working-Class Writers. He is an assistant editor at Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing. His fiction and essays have appeared in journals across the country.

Michael Gills is author of three collections of short fiction, two novels, including Emergency Instructions and White Indians, a visionary memoir, part two of which is forthcoming. He is Distinguished Honors Professor at the University of Utah.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside