F263. Beauty and the Body, Being and Belonging

B117-119, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Friday, March 29, 2019
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


To write about beauty and the body is to approach history, space, and prevailing ideas of being and belonging. We write politically about where we come from, how we grew up, and how we live—sometimes on our own terms first, and sometimes in response to how others see us. How do we locate the sublime in the modes in which we move, remain still, and take up room? Poets, essayists, and fiction writers read work that explores our relationships with bodies, and how these ideas continue to evolve.



V.V. Ganeshananthan's debut novel, Love Marriage, was long-listed for the Orange Prize and named one of Washington Post Book World's Best of 2008. Her work has appeared in Granta and The New York Times, among others. She teaches at the University of Minnesota, and she was a 2014 NEA and Radcliffe Fellow.

Porochista Khakpour is the author of the forthcoming memoir Sick, and the novels Sons & Other Flammable Objects and The Last Illusion. She received fellowships from the NEA, Ucross, Yaddo, and more. She writes for The New York TimesThe Los Angeles TimesBookforumWSJVQR, and more.

Derrick Austin is the author of Trouble the Water. A Cave Canem fellow, his work has appeared in Best American Poetry 2015, The Nation, Image: A Journal of Arts and Religion, and New England Review. He was a finalist for the 2017 Kate Tufts Discovery Award.

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.


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