S195. Crossing Genres, Exploring Disability: A Tribute to Floyd Skloot

D137-138, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Few writers can match the career of Floyd Skloot. The longtime Oregonian has published twenty books, with awards in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Yet, he’s done this with virus-induced brain damage. He had to work outside academics, and disability became central to his vision and contribution. In 2010, Poets & Writers listed him among the “50 most inspiring authors in the world.” This tribute considers his work in all genres, and includes his daughter Rebecca, a successful author herself.



John Domini has three books of stories, the latest MOVIEOLA!, and a new novel due in 2019. Other work includes a selection of essays, and he reviews regularly for Washington Post and elsewhere. Awards include an NEA, and he’s taught at Harvard and elsewhere. He lived many years in Portland.

Michael Steinberg is founding editor of Fourth GenreStill Pitching won the ForeWord Magazine/Independent Press Memoir of the Year. The Fourth Genre: Contemporary Writers of/on Creative Nonfiction (with Bob Root) is in a sixth edition. He's nonfiction writer in residence in the Solstice MFA program.

TJ Jarrett is the author of Zion, winner of the 2013 Crab Orchard Open Poetry Competition, and Ain't No Grave. Her poems appear in the Poetry, Boston Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. She was awarded the 2017 George Garrett New Writing Award by the Fellowship of Southern Writers.

Rebecca Skloot wrote the #1 New York Times bestseller The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, which was translated into thirty languages and made into an HBO film starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne. She has a BS in biology and an MFA in creative nonfiction; she’s working on a book about animals, science, and ethics.

Floyd Skloot is a three-time Pushcart Prize winner and the recipient of a PEN USA Literary Award in Creative Nonfiction. His twenty-one books include the memoirs In the Shadow of Memory and The Wink of the Zenith: The Shaping of a Writer's Life, and the poetry collections Approaching Winter and Far West.


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