F322. What Now? When Good Writers Act Awful

Portland Ballroom 255, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2
Friday, March 29, 2019
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


In the aftermath of the #MeToo movement, it’s hard to know how to regard the work we love when we’ve lost respect for its author. How do we reconcile the two and how should we respond to them and their work in real life and on social media? Should an educator erase these authors from the syllabus? Is redemption for them and their work even possible? Five writers wrestle with this crisis and with what justice in our literary community should look like.



Michael Croley is a 2016 NEA Fellow in Literature. His debut collection of stories, Any Other Place, will appear in 2019. His work has appeared in Lit Hub, The Paris Review Daily, Kenyon Review Online, Virginia Quarterly ReviewNarrativeBlackbirdBloomberg, and elsewhere. He teaches at Denison University.

John Freeman is author of How to Read a Novelist and editor of Freeman's, a literary biannual. His other books include The Tyranny of E-mail and Tales of Two Cities. Former editor of Granta, he teaches at the New School. His work has been translated into twenty languages.

Erika Sanchez is a poet, novelist, and essayist. She is the author of Lessons on Expulsion and I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter. She is a 2017–2019 Princeton Arts Fellow.

Tomás Q. Morín is the author of Patient Zero and A Larger Country. He translated Pablo Neruda's The Heights of Macchu Picchu and with Mari L’Esperance co-edited Coming Close: Forty Essays on Philip Levine. He teaches at Drew University and in the low-residency MFA program at VCFA.

Bonnie Nadzam is an American fiction writer and essayist.


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