S218. Listening To The Art: Committing To Your Book No Matter How Long It Takes

B116, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


"The whole culture is telling you to hurry, while the art tells you to take your time. Always listen to the art.” Sounds good in theory, but it's harder to do when the manuscript is taking months or years to finish. How can a writer see a project through to its full realization when it seems like the rest of the world is moving at the speed of the Internet? Five published writers talk about writing their books and the challenges and rewards of listening to the art.



Cara Benson is the author of the short prose collection Made and winner of the bpNichol Award. A recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, she is anthologized in Best American Poetry. Benson is a Creative Writing Instructor and Manuscript Consultant for Grub Street.

Laura Sims is the author of Looker, a debut novel. She has published four books of poetry, most recently Staying Alive, and is the editor of Fare Forward: Letters from David Markson

Bridgett M. Davis is the author of the memoir The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother's Life In The Detroit Numbers, and the novels Into The Go-Slow and Shifting Through Neutral. She is a Professor at Baruch College, CUNY and Director of the Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence Program.

Reema Zaman is an award-winning author, speaker, actress, and Oregon Literary Arts' Writer of Color Fellow. Her debut memoir, I Am Yours, explores the difficulties, danger, and ultimately, necessity of women owning and using their voice. As a speaker, she speaks on the power we humans hold within.

Susan Ito


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