F234. Dirty Works: Fiction From the New American Working Class

D139-140, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Friday, March 29, 2019
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Writers from poor and working-class regions read stories and novel excerpts set in the unique, underrepresented areas that inspired their respective fiction. These authors deliver their work in raw, unfiltered voices, focusing on places often ignored as literary settings. While a working-class or impoverished upbringing creates many obstacles for aspiring writers, these authors draw invaluable experience from such disadvantages, and hardship ultimately enriches their literary nuance and style.



Gonzalo Baeza is the author of the short story collection La ciudad de los hoteles vacios (The city of vacant hotels). His fiction has been published in The Texas ReviewBoulevard, and Estados Hispanos de América, among others.

Joseph D. Haske is a writer and critic whose debut novel is North Dixie Highway. His fiction appears in journals such as Boulevard, Fiction InternationalTexas Review, Four Way Review, Pleiades, and in the Chicago Tribune's literary supplement, Printers Row.

Jodi Angel’s collection of short stories, You Only Get Letters From Jail, was named a Best Best Book of 2013 by Esquire. Her work has appeared in Esquire, Tin House, One Story, Zoetrope: All Story, Electric Literature: Recommended Reading, The Offing, and Best American Mystery Stories 2014.

Daniel M. Mendoza is the editor of Stray Dogs: Interviews with Working-Class Writers. He is an assistant editor at Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing. His fiction and essays have appeared in journals across the country.


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