F285. Swamps, Forests, & Borders: Literature of Place & Displace, Sponsored by Grove/Atlantic, Hugo House, and Seattle Arts & Lectures

Portland Ballroom 253-254, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2
Friday, March 29, 2019
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


From the surreal swamps of Florida to the gothic woods of the upper Midwest to the fraught US–Mexico border, the American landscape has long fired up the imaginations of writers and readers. In this panel, renowned authors Emily Fridlund, Karen Russell, and Luis Alberto Urrea read from their work and discuss how they have been influenced by landscapes both external and internal, actual and invented, political and personal.


Emily Fridlund’s first novel, History of Wolves, was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and was awarded the American Academy of Arts and Letters Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction. Her debut collection of stories, Catapult, won the Mary McCarthy Prize. She teaches writing at Cornell University.

Karen Russell’s novel, Swamplandia!, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She is also the author of the celebrated short story collections, St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves and Vampires in the Lemon Grove

Luis Alberto Urrea is the author of 16 books, including Pulitzer Prize finalist The Devil's Highway. A member of the Latino Literary Hall of Fame, he has also won an Edgar, American Book Award, Lannan Literary Prize & Pacific Rim Prize. He is a professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago.


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Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center