F220. The (Art) World Is Everywhere Whispering Essays

Room 5 & 6, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Alexander Smith once wrote, “The world is everywhere whispering essays,” and that got us thinking—what does that mean in the art world? What, for instance, might sculpture teach us about shaping an essay? How might theater help us write more convincing nonfiction scenes? What can essayists learn from stand-up comedy or hip hop? What about radio production or rock 'n' roll? Join us as we explore what a close study of other art forms can teach us about crafting the personal essay.



Joey Franklin is the author of My Wife Wants You to Know I'm Happily Married, and his essays have recently appeared in Fourth Genre, Ninth Letter, and The Norton Reader: An Anthology of Nonfiction. He is an assistant professor of creative writing at Brigham Young University.

Elena Passarello is the author of the essay collections Animals Strike Curious Poses and Let Me Clear My Throat. A recipient of a 2015 Whiting Award, she coedits the In Place book series for West Virginia University Press and teaches in the MFA program at Oregon State University.

Shawn Wen is a writer, radio producer, and multimedia artist. Her book, A Twenty Minute Silence Followed by Applause, came out with Sarabande in 2017. Her writing has also appeared in n+1, Iowa Review, White Review, and The Lifted Brow. She is currently a producer at Youth Radio.

Jericho Parms is the author of Lost Wax. Her essays have appeared in Fourth Genre, The Normal School, Hotel Amerika, Brevity, and elsewhere. She is the associate director of the MFA in writing program at Vermont College of Fine Arts and teaches at Champlain College. www.jerichoparms.com

Joe Bonomo’s books include Field Recordings from the Inside, Conversations with Greil Marcus, and Jerry Lee Lewis: Lost and Found. A five-time "Notable Essays" selection at Best American Essays, he teaches at Northern Illinois University and appears online at No Such Thing As Was.


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