R112. The Facts About Alternative Facts

Florida Salon 1, 2, & 3, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
9:00 am to 10:15 am


After Kelly Anne Conway uttered the now infamous phrase “alternative facts," a conversation concerning language, accuracy, and the verifiable experience suddenly became both ubiquitous and urgent in the media and the classroom. In some circles, a finger was pointed at creative nonfiction for “falsifying history” and opening us up to a loose and dangerous interpretation of the truth. In this panel, we will discuss the responsibilities and debts of nonfiction writers in the era of alternative facts.


Lina Ferreira is works as a visiting assistant professor at The Ohio State University, as well as being the author of Drown Sever Sing and of Don't Come Back from Mad River Books through the Ohio State University Press. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa’s Creative Nonfiction and Literary Translation programs.

Sarah Viren is the author of the forthcoming essay collection MINE, which won the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize. Her writing and translations have appeared in AGNI, Ploughshares, The Iowa Review, Guernica, Texas Monthly, and other literary magazines. She teaches at Arizona State University.

Inara Verzemnieks is the author the memoir Among the Living and the Dead. A member of the faculty of the University of Iowa's Nonfiction Writing Program, she has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing and the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writer's Award.

Adam Tipps Weinstein's first book, Some Versions of the Ice, was selected by Fanny Howe for Les Figues' NOS contest. New work can be found in Territory's special issue on treasure (themapisnot.com). He specializes in alternative facts, ecopoetics, and all things mycological.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

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