S163. Surviving the Writing Life: Whither, Life Balance?

E143-144, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
10:30 am to 11:45 am


We’re consumed by looking for work, working, responding to students, attending meetings, attending conferences, networking, getting published, getting an agent, trying to get the agent to respond to emails, trying to get to the doctor, trying to get to a therapist, trying to remember family, trying to get tenure, trying to promote our work, trying to read more, and even trying to write. Can we be anything other than Sisyphean? Is the writer's life really different than anyone else’s?


John King earned an MFA in fiction writing from New York University in 2010, and a PhD in literature from Purdue University in 2003. His work has appeared in Gargoyle, Palooka, Turnrow, and others. He is the host of The Drunken Odyssey: A Podcast About the Writing Life.

David James Poissant is the author of The Heaven of Animals, winner of the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award, and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize. His work has appeared in the Atlantic and the New York Times. He teaches in the MFA program at the University of Central Florida.

Chelsey Clammer is the author of BodyHome and Circadian, winner of the 2015 Red Hen Press Nonfiction Manuscript Award. Her work as appeared in SalonBrevityThe RumpusHobartThe Normal School, and many others. She's a freelance editor and an instructor with Women on Writing.

Rion Amilcar Scott's story collection, Insurrections, won the 2017 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. He earned an MFA from George Mason University, and he teaches English at Bowie State University.

Benjamin Hertwig is the recipient of a National Magazine Award, and his first book, Slow War, was shortlisted for the Governor General's Award, the Raymond Souster Prize, and the Stephan G. Stephansson Award. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Sun, Prairie Schooner, and Pleiades.


March 27–30, 2019
Portland, OR

Oregon Convention Center