F242. The Fragmented Truth Is Nothing but the Truth: Women Writing Trauma

Florida Salon 6, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Abuse. Neglect. Sexual assault. Addiction. Death. Bearing witness to or experiencing trauma leaves women writers vulnerable in a misogynistic and culturally violent society. Consequently, the psychological stress of traumatic events creates an often-fractured memory, a perceived roadblock for creative nonfiction writers who are committed to truth. This panel will focus on both writing about and through trauma in a way that is healing rather than triggering, even in the face of backlash.


Melissa Grunow is the author of Realizing River City, which won Second Place-Nonfiction in the 2016 Independent Author Network Book of the Year Awards. Her work has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, River Teeth, The Nervous Breakdown, New Plains Review, and Blue Lyra Review, among many others.

Chelsey Clammer is the author of BodyHome and Circadian, (winner of the 2015 Red Hen Press Nonfiction Manuscript Award). Her work as appeared in The Rumpus, Hobart, The Normal School, and many others. She's the essays editor for The Nervous Breakdown and an instructor with Women on Writing.

Emily Eveland a.k.a. Leif E. Greenz, is an MFA candidate at Antioch University Los Angeles. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in xoJane, Narratively, City Pages, The Minnesota Daily, and Entropy. She writes extensively about complex trauma and addiction on her personal blog, Big Mouth.

Ming Lauren Holden is the author of Refuge, which was chosen by Lidia Yuknavitch as the winner of Kore Press's inaugural Memoir Award (forthcoming), and the nonfiction novella The Survival Girls, which documents her time founding an arts group for Congolese refugee women in Kenya.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside