S174. McSweeney’s: Celebrating Innovative Fiction

Portland Ballroom 255, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2
Saturday, March 30, 2019
10:30 am to 11:45 am


McSweeney’s has been publishing innovative fiction for over twenty years. Founded in 1998 by the author Dave Eggers, the house’s quarterly journal contributors and books have won innumerable prizes. In celebration of McSweeney’s longstanding championing of literary excellence and experimentation, in this panel four recent McSweeney’s authors will discuss their work and the work of a McSweeney’s author that came before them for whom they hold immense admiration.


Rita Bullwinkel is the author of the story collection Belly Up. She is a Contributing Editor of NOON and an Editor at Large for McSweeney's. She is a recipient of grants and fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf, The Sewanee Writers' Conference, and The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation.

Lucy Corin’s third book of fiction, One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses was published by McSweeney’s Books. She was awarded the American Academy of Arts and Letters Rome Prize, an NEA, and teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of California, Davis.

Patty Yumi Cottrell is the author of the novel Sorry to Disrupt the Peace. Her work has appeared in Vice, BuzzFeed, BOMB, The White Review, and other places. She is a winner of a 2018 Whiting Award in fiction and a Barnes and Noble Discover Prize.

C Pam Zhang's debut novel, How Much of These Hills is Gold, is forthcoming. Her speculative and realist fiction appears in Fairy Tale ReviewKenyon ReviewMcSweeney's, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from Bread Loaf, Tin House, Aspen Words, and the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Deb Olin Unferth is the author of five books, including Wait Till You See Me Dance. Her work appears in Harper's, the Paris Review, Tin House, Vice, and Granta. She has received four Pushcart Prizes, a Creative Capital Grant, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.


March 27–30, 2019
Portland, OR

Oregon Convention Center