R114. Writing the Transcendent

A107-109, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Thursday, March 28, 2019
9:00 am to 10:15 am


In our most enduring literature, the reader often experiences something ungraspable: a sudden sense of loss or delight or elevation, just beyond the realm of conscious reckoning. In this panel, we call it transcendence, and ask: What is that feeling, anyway? How do you write toward it? What's the relationship between the divine, the inspirational, the science fictional or fantastical? In this panel, five diverse writers of the numinous and otherworldly discuss the deep mysteries of writing.



Courtney Sender's fiction has won the Glimmer Train fiction open, the Mississippi Review fiction contest, and the Boulevard emerging writers contest, and appears in the Kenyon Review, AGNI, and more. A fellow of Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony, she holds an MFA from the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars.

Goldie Goldbloom’s first novel, The Paperbark Shoe, won the AWP Novel Award. Her short fiction has been published in PloughsharesPrairie Schooner, and Narrative. She teaches at Northwestern and the University of Chicago and is the recipient of NEA and Dora Maar fellowships. She is an LGBT activist.

Yehoshua November is the author of two books of poetry, God's Optimism, which was a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize; and Two Worlds Exist, a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award and the Paterson Poetry Prize. November teaches at Touro College and Rutgers University.

Sarah Stone is the author of the novels The True Sources of the Nile and the forthcoming Hungry Ghost Theater and coauthor, with Ron Nyren, of the textbook Deepening Fiction. She teaches creative writing at Stanford University and in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

Rahul Kanakia's first book is a contemporary young adult novel entitled Enter Title Here. He has published short stories in Apex, Clarkesworld, The Indiana Review, and Nature, and holds an MFA in Fiction from the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars.


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