R130. The Lyric Graphic: Thinking “Outside the Panel” in Comics, Graphic Memoir, Twine, and the Captioned Photo and Video

Room 17, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
9:00 am to 10:15 am


"Sideways thinking doesn’t fit neatly into text," says comics author Nick Sousanis. Image acts as a vehicle for fragmented thinking, disrupted memory, and explorations in experimental form. Lynda Barry writes, "The image is alive in the way thinking is not, but experiencing is." Our panelists’ work in and about comics, graphic memoir, Twine video games, and captioned image and video illuminate the move outside the box (and panel) to ask readers to infer the unspoken through suggestive juxtaposition.


Elizabeth Kadetsky's books include two works of fiction (a story collection and novella) and a memoir. She has been honored with a Fulbright fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, two Best American Short Stories notable citations, and publication in Best New American Voices. She is on faculty at Penn State.

Merrill Feitell is the author of Here Beneath Low-Flying Planes, an Iowa Short Fiction Award winner. She has served on MFA faculty at University of Maryland and Cal State University-San Bernardino. Fiction editor at Forklift, she now teaches at UCLA Extension and California Institute of the Arts.

Dr. Ariel Kahn is senior lecturer in creative writing at Roehampton University, teaching comics and graphic novels at BA, MA, and PhD level. He recently contributed to two Eisner Award–winning texts: Graphic Details and Drawn and Quarterly: Twenty-Five Years of Contemporary Cartooning.

Kevin Haworth's books include the novel The Discontinuity of Small Things and the essay collection Famous Drownings in Literary History. He is the winner of a 2016 NEA Fellowship for Nonfiction. He directs the low-residency MFA program in creative writing at Carlow University.

Rebecca Fish Ewan


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside