S148. True Story: Revolutionary Creative Nonfiction

B113, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
10:30 am to 11:45 am


Telling true stories is a revolutionary act but what is the writer’s responsibility to the “truth” of historical events? Five writers explore the politics of telling the truth in works about the intergenerational impact of the Korean War, the Hungarian Revolution, a long-lost ancestor turned freedom fighter in India, an Indigenous Mexican woman’s affair with a Spaniard in the ruins of Tenochtitlan, and a TV show about mixed-race people and the upheaval of multicultural society in 1850s New Orleans.



Anjoli Roy earned her PhD in English and creative writing in 2017. She has published recently with Waxwing, the Asian American Literary Review, River Teeth, and Hippocampus. She is a 2018 Voices of Our Nation Workshop fellow and runs a weekly literature and music radio show on KTUH FM Honolulu.

Lizz Huerta is a poet, fiction writer, essayist from the Borderlands of So. California. Her work is informed/shaped/ by the borders of land, spirituality, ancestry and labor. She is outside of academia, working as a painting contractor, collecting stories and voices from construction sites.

Nicky Loomis is a writer living in Los Angeles. Her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Catapult, Los Angeles Times and others. She spent 2012 in Budapest, Hungary as a Fulbright scholar in creative writing. She currently teaches journalism and creative writing at Crossroads.

Lara Stapleton wrote The Lowest Blue Flame Before Nothing, a PEN Open Book Committee selection and an Independent Booksellers' selection. A writer of stories, poems, essays, and teleplays, she is partnered with producer Rachel Watanabe-Batton on the 1850 project, a television show.

Krys Lee


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center