F192. Stories in Stereo: Writing About and Around Music

C125-126, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Friday, March 29, 2019
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


It’s been said that writing about music is like dancing about architecture—but a dance about architecture could be thrilling, and all writing has music built right into it. As genres blend, so do voices, giving rise to new approaches to music writing: multi-modal, investigative, deeply personal. In this event, four writers share distinct pieces about and built around music, from criticism to fictional world-building to verse, and why they believe music remains so vital to literature.



Brad Efford is a writer and founding editor of The RS 500, an online music writing project.

Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His first collection of poems, The Crown Ain't Worth Much, was released by Button Poetry in 2016. His first collection of essays, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us, was published by Two Dollar Radio in 2017.

Brian Oliu is an instructor at the University of Alabama. He is the author of four books of nonfiction and two chapbooks, covering topics ranging from Craigslist Missed Connections, to computer viruses, to 8-bit video games, to NBA basketball. 

Elena Passarello is the author of the essay collections Animals Strike Curious Poses and Let Me Clear My Throat. A recipient of a 2015 Whiting Award, she coedits the In Place book series for West Virginia University Press and teaches in the MFA program at Oregon State University.

Natasha Oladokun is a Cave Canem fellow, poet, & essayist. Her work has appeared in the American Poetry Review, Harvard Review Online, The Adroit Journal, Pleiades, Image Journal, & elsewhere. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Hollins University, her graduate alma mater.


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