R233. Bridging The Gap: How & Why Historical Writers Build Bridges To The Past

D139-140, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Thursday, March 28, 2019
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


What makes historical writers unique is our desire to bridge gaps from our current world to worlds we left behind in the past. Through the lens of single lives, we tell the stories of the past's constructive/destructive impact on the present, moments of change, and battles between Old World and New. We explore moral history, the evolution of ideas, and the tantalizing could-have-beens. A panel of writers with diverse visions discuss the hows and whys of their mission to bridge history's gaps.



Michael Pritchett is author of The Melancholy Fate of Capt. Lewis and The Venus Tree and winner of an Iowa Short Fiction Award and a Dana Award. He recently received a Pushcart Prize nomination from New Letters. He teaches fiction writing at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Amy Brill is the author of The Movement of Stars and a 2015 NYFA fiction fellow. Her fiction and essays have been appeared in One Story, The Common, Guernica, and several anthologies, and she has been awarded residencies at Millay Colony, Jentel, the American Antiquarian Society, and elsewhere.

Phong Nguyen is the author of The Adventures of Joe Harper, Pages from the Textbook of Alternate History, and Memory Sickness. He is coeditor of Pleiades. He coedited the book Nancy Hale: The Life and Work of a Lost American Master. He teaches creative writing at the University of Central Missouri.

Jen Julian


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center