R187. Out of Our Head and Into the World: Writers on Live Performance

Room 12, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


The flow of language. The urgency of subject matter. An honest response from an immediate audience. We know that reading aloud benefits our writing, but what about our lives? How does performing our work lead to the next career step? How does it build our communities? How does it help us heal? In this lively conversation, five writers working in multiple genres will examine how, as Francine Prose said, “reading your work aloud will not only improve its quality but save your life in the process.”



Megan Stielstra is the author of three collections, most recently The Wrong Way to Save Your Life. Her work appears in the Best American Essays and on National Public Radio. She is a contributing opinion writer to The New York Times and teaches creative nonfiction at Northwestern University.

samantha irby writes a blog called bitches gotta eat.

C. Russell Price is an Appalachian, genderqueer, punk poet. Their chapbook Tonight, We Fuck The Trailer Park Out of Each Other explores class, race, sexuality, and gender in the South. They currently live and perform in Chicago, where they teach creative writing at Northwestern University.

Lindsay Hunter is the author of the novel Ugly Girls, which The Huffington Post called "a story that hits a note that’s been missing from the chorus of existing feminist literature." She is also the author of the flash fiction story collections Don't Kiss Me and Daddy's.

Fatimah Asghar is a nationally touring poet, photographer, and performer. She has received fellowships and residencies from Fulbright, Millay, the University of Michigan, and Kundiman. Her work has appeared in many journals. Her chapbook After is a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Award.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center