R278. The Literary Legacy of Nirvana and Kurt Cobain

Room 302, Western New England MFA Annex, Level 3
Thursday, February 27, 2014
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


“He saved us all,” says fellow Washington native Sherman Alexie of Kurt Cobain. Though neither Cobain nor Nirvana created the “Seattle sound,” they did more than any other band to lionize and catapult it, resulting in a legacy that spread beyond music and into life, politics, and literature. On this, the 20th anniversary of Cobain’s death, panelists will reflect on the literary influence of Nirvana, as well as the impact and aftermath of Cobain’s life and death.



Matthew Batt is the author of the memoir Sugarhouse and the recipient of a McKnight Fellowship and an NEA Individual Artist Grant. His work has appeared in Tin House, Mid-American Review, and the Huffington Post. He is an associate professor at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota.

Melanie Rae Thon's most recent books are the novel The Voice of the River and In This Light: New and Selected Stories. She teaches in the Creative Writing and Environmental Humanities programs at the University of Utah.

Ryan Boudinot teaches at Richard Hugo House. He also teaches in Goddard College's MFA program in Port Townsend, Washington. His work has appeared in McSweeney's, the Best American Nonrequired Reading, and elsewhere.

Jason Skipper is the author of Hustle, a finalist for the PEN Center USA Award for Fiction. His work has appeared in The Rumpus and Hotel Amerika, with awards and recognition from Zoetrope: All-Story, Glimmer Train, and Crab Orchard Review. He teaches at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington.

Jacob Paul is the author of the novel Sarah/Sara. His fiction has appeared in Hunger Mountain, Western Humanities Review, and Green Mountains Review. His nonfiction has appeared in Mountain Gazette, the Massachusetts Review, The Rumpus, Numero Cinq, and USA Today's Weekend magazine.


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