R185. Writing the Body

B110-112, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Thursday, March 28, 2019
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Writing the body can track and reveal narratives of health and illness, ground a narrator in place and time, and allow for examination of gender and identity. We discuss these three anchor points, share the ways our writing and living bodies have shaped our work, and consider the problems and opportunities of writing other bodies (aside from the self). We will also offer exercises for grounding writing in the body and discuss how this work can be a political act.


Kate Hopper is the author of Ready for Air: A Journey Through Premature Motherhood and Use Your Words: A Writing Guide for Mothers and coauthor of Silent Running, a memoir of running and autism. She teaches in Ashland University's Low-Residency MFA Program, online, and at the Loft Literary Center.

Alex Lemon’s most recent books are Feverland: A Memoir in Shards and The Wish Book. He is the author of Happy: A Memoir and three other poetry collections: Mosquito, Hallelujah Blackout, and Fancy Beasts. A fifth poetry collection, Or Beauty, is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions. He teaches at TCU.

Marsha Partington's writing about raising a gender-nonconforming child has been published in multiple journals and newspapers. She is an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community and speaks on this topic across the country. She has been the recipient of a Madeline Island School of the Arts Scholarship.

Adriana Páramo is a cultural anthropologist, writer, and women’s rights advocate. She is the author of award-winning personal essays and two creative nonfiction books: Looking for Esperanza and My Mother's Funeral. Her work on women's issues has had multiple Pushcart Prize nominations.

Bonnie J. Rough is the author of the 2011 Minnesota Book Award-winning memoir Carrier: Untangling the Danger in My DNA. She teaches in the Ashland University low-residency MFA program in nonfiction, and she is a prose editor for Versal


March 27–30, 2019
Portland, OR

Oregon Convention Center