S123. Poetic-Traumatic Stress Disorders: Languages of Healing

C124, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
9:00 am to 10:15 am


As Faulkner famously observed, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” Subjects as diverse as music, archaeology, perfume, and the physical and emotional wounds of trauma and mental decline work to locate memory at the intersection of body and mind, the sensory and psychic, instinct and intellect. In this panel, four essayists and poets who grapple with the palpable presence of past events outline strategies they employ to embody the shifting, elusive nature of memory on the page.


Nayt Rundquist is the managing editor at New Rivers Press; he teaches writing and publishing courses at Minnesota State University Moorhead. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Etchings, The Long Road to Spring, and UpNorth Lit.

Kevin Carollo teaches world literature and writing at Minnesota State University Moorhead, and is Senior Editor for New Rivers Press.

Jehanne Dubrow is the author of six poetry collections, including most recently Dots & DashesThe Arranged Marriage, and Red Army Red. She is as an Associate Professor at the University of North Texas.

Novelist and essayist Elizabeth Mosier is the author of Excavating Memory: Archaeology and Home. A graduate of the MFA Program at Warren Wilson College, her nonfiction has appeared most recently in Cleaver, Creative Nonfiction, 1966: A Journal of Creative Nonfiction, and The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Joel Peckham is the author of five collections of poetry, including Why Not Take All of Me and God’s Bicycle, as well as the memoir Resisting Elegy, and the collection of essays Body Memory.


March 27–30, 2019
Portland, OR

Oregon Convention Center