F214. Writing Place, People, and Culture: Nonfiction at its Finest, Sponsored by Grove Atlantic Press and Rain Taxi Review of Books

Ballroom C, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Join award-winning and critically-acclaimed writers Bob Shacochis (Kingdoms In The Air) Kao Kalia Yang (The Song Poet), and Molly Brodak (Bandit: A Daughter's Memior) as they discuss crafting nonfiction narratives across myriad forms. From journalism to memoir to travel writing, all three authors explore the challenges of mining one’s past and present, and the joys and difficulties of bringing place, culture, and people to vibrant life on the page. Moderated by Eric Lorberer, editor of Rain Taxi Review of Books.



Eric Lorberer, editor of Rain Taxi Review of Books, has published poems, essays, and criticism in numerous magazines and has been awarded a SASE/Jerome Fellowship for his writing. He directs the Rain Taxi Reading Series and Twin Cities Book Festival.

Molly Brodak is the author of Bandit: A Daughter's Memoir, and the poetry collection A Little Middle of the Night, along with three chapbooks of poetry.

Bob Shacochis’s first collection of stories, Easy in the Islands, won the National Book Award for First Fiction, and his second collection, The Next New World, was awarded the Prix de Rome from the Academy of Arts and Letters. His novel, Swimming in the Volcano, was a finalist for the National Book Award, and The Woman Who Lost Her Soul was a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. He is a contributing editor for Outside, and his op-eds on the US military, Haiti, and Florida politics have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal.

Kao Kalia Yang is the author of award-winning books, The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir and The Song Poet: A Memoir of My Father. Yang is a graduate of Carleton College and Columbia University's MFA Program in creative nonfiction writing.


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