R224B. The Wandering Stops Here: Place as Central in Recent Jewish American Fiction

C121-122, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Thursday, March 28, 2019
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Whether it be coastal New England, steamy Savannah, or western Oregon, a strong sense of place is central in recent Jewish American novels. These panelists explore place as inextricable to the particular, varied, and often tenuous Jewish American experiences they chronicle. With a focus on Jewish American fiction, this panel is for anyone seeking to better integrate place into their stories, and for those interested in how place can reflect the immigrant and/or outsider experience.



Elizabeth Poliner is the author of the novel As Close to Us as Breathing (winner of the 2017 Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize), Mutual Life & Casualty (linked stories), and What You Know In Your Hands (poems). She teaches in the MFA and undergraduate creative writing programs at Hollins University.

Marjorie Sandor has written four books, including the recent memoir The Late Interiors: A Life Under Construction. She is also the editor of the recent international short story anthology, The Uncanny Reader. She teaches in the MFA program at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon.

Eileen Pollack is the author, most recently, of the novels The Bible of Dirty Jokes and A Perfect Life and the memoir The Only Woman in the Room. Her story collection In the Mouth was a New York Times Editors' Choice selection and won the Wallant Award. She teaches at the University of Michigan.

Jonathan Rabb is the author of the novels Among the Living (a finalist for the 2018 Townsend Prize for Fiction), The Second Son, Shadow and Light, Rosa (winner of the Director’s Prize at Semana Negra, 2006), The Book of Q, and The Overseer. He is a professor of writing at Savannah College of Art and Design.

Scott Nadelson is the author of six books, most recently a story collection, The Fourth Corner of the World, and a novel, Between You and Me. He teaches at Willamette University and in the Rainier Writing Workshop MFA Program at Pacific Lutheran University.


March 4–7, 2020
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