R275. Anxiety, Envy, and Other Deadly Sins

E147-148, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Thursday, March 28, 2019
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Anxiety and envy have always been part of writers’ lives, particularly when we compare our successes (and failures) to those of others. In the age of social media, where our peers' accomplishments are constantly on display, it’s easy to feel insecure. But avoiding these powerful platforms for promotion and literary conversation isn’t always an option. Panelists discuss how they navigate these uncertainties and strategies for remembering and maintaining the pleasures of the writing itself.



Mark Neely is the author of Beasts of the Hill and Dirty Bomb. His awards include an NEA Poetry Fellowship, an Indiana Individual Artist grant, and the FIELD Poetry Prize. He is Professor of English at Ball State University.

Beth (Bich Minh) Nguyen is the author of the memoir Stealing Buddha’s Dinner and the novels Short Girls and Pioneer Girl. Her work has received an American Book Award and a PEN/Jerard Award, among other honors. She teaches in and directs the MFA program at the University of San Francisco.

R.O. Kwon is the author of a novel, The Incendiaries, and is a co-editor of a forthcoming anthology, Kink. The recipient of an NEA fellowship for fiction, she has also received awards from Yaddo, MacDowell, Omi International, Bread Loaf, and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.

Marcus Wicker is the author of Silencer and Maybe the Saddest Thing. He is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, a Pushcart Prize, the Missouri Review’s Miller Audio Prize, as well as fellowships from Cave Canem, and the Fine Arts Work Center.

Nick White is the author of the novel How to Survive a Summer. His fiction has appeared in the Kenyon Review, the Hopkins Review, Guernica, the Literary Review, and elsewhere. He teaches creative writing at the Ohio State University.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center