F190. Reshaping the Short Story: Four Authors on Innovative Contemporary Short Fiction

C123, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Friday, March 29, 2019
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Critics often claim the impending death of the short story as a form, and yet, in the last decade, innumerable beautiful and innovative short story collections have been published and applauded. In this panel, four contemporary American short story writers will discuss their favorite collections of the last ten years, and what about the form of short stories they find most captivating and arresting.



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.

Dave Madden is the author of If You Need Me I'll Be Over There, a story collection, and The Authentic Animal, a nonfiction book on taxidermy. He's received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. He directs the MFA program at the University of San Francisco.

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah is from Spring Valley, NY. He is a graduate of the Syracuse MFA program and was the '16-'17 Olive B. O'Connor Fellow in fiction at Colgate University. His fist book is Friday Black.

Courtney Zoffness won the 2018 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. She also received the Arts & Letters Creative Nonfiction Prize, the American Literary Review Fiction Prize, and fellowships from the Center for Fiction and the MacDowell Colony. She teaches at Drew University.

Venita Blackburn


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