F117. Unspoken Intimacies: On Male Friendship, Romance, and Everything in Between

B113, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Friday, March 29, 2019
9:00 am to 10:15 am


What responsibility do male authors have in disrupting the patriarchy? How can literature take aim at toxic masculinity? This panel brings together five prose writers whose work challenges masculine norms by engaging with male intimacy and vulnerability to reimagine cultural possibilities. Panelists will discuss craft techniques in fiction and nonfiction, as well as the ethical necessity of portraying intimacy between men in literature.



Alex McElroy’s writing appears in Tin House, The Atlantic, the Kenyon Review Online, Georgia Review, New England Review, and elsewhere. He is the author of the chapbook Daddy Issues, and he is currently fiction editor for Gulf Coast.

Cheston Knapp is the author of Up Up, Down Down and managing editor of Tin House magazine.

Brandon Taylor is the associate editor of Electric Literature's Recommended Reading and a staff writer at Literary Hub. His writing has received fellowships from Lambda Literary, Kimbilio Fiction, and the Tin House Summer Writer's workshop. He is a fiction MFA student at the Iowa Writer's Workshop.

Garth Greenwell's first novel, What Belongs to You, won the British Book Award for Debut of the Year, was longlisted for the National Book Award, and was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the LA Times Book Prize. He is the 2018–19 Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi.

Maurice Carlos Ruffin is a recipient of an Iowa Review Award in fiction. His work has appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, AGNI, Kenyon Review, and Massachusetts Review. His debut novel, We Cast A Shadow, is forthcoming.


March 4–7, 2020
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Henry B. González Convention Center