S235. Breaking Boundaries: Hybridity in Creative Nonfiction Forms

Status: Not Accepted

F150, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Creative nonfiction is known for mixing diverse elements in a single work—reportage and fiction, quotation and image, criticism and memoir. How does hybridity enable or expand meaning in essay, memoir, and literary journalism? What can we learn from such works? Is there a timely message in refusing narrative boundaries now? Award-winning writers and editors of creative nonfiction discuss the variety and value of hybrid forms—the aesthetics, politics and formal promise, considering their own and others' work.



EJ Levy's story collection, Love, in Theory, won a Flannery O'Connor Award & Great Lakes Colleges Association's New Writers Award. Her anthology, Tasting Life Twice: Literary Lesbian Fiction by New American Writers, won a Lambda. Her essays are reprinted in Best American Essays and have won Pushcarts.

Harrison Candelaria Fletcher is the author of two award-winning memoirs, Descanso For My Father: Fragments of a Life and Presentimiento: A Life in Dreams. His essays have appeared widely in journals and anthologies. He teaches at Colorado State University and Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Matthew Gavin Frank is the author of the nonfiction books, The Mad Feast, Preparing the Ghost, Pot Farm, and Barolo, and the poetry books, The Morrow Plots, Warranty in Zulu, and Sagittarius Agitprop. He teaches at Northern Michigan University.

Eula Biss is the author of On Immunity: An Inoculation, Notes from No Man’s Land: American Essays, and The Balloonists.


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