R159. CANCELLED: High Style and Misdemeanors: The Virtues and Vices of Elevated Prose

Status: Not Accepted

Room 211, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
10:35 am to 11:50 am


The hallmarks of high style—elevated voice, obsession with the pictorial, self-consciousness, and poetic devices—are rooted in Flaubert and European realism. Can writers whose work concerns immigration and displacement embrace a stylistic approach that has historically been disengaged and apolitical? Authors of fiction that centers on immigration, intergenerational stories, and belonging, read their work and discuss the intersection of elevated prose and socially and politically engaged work.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: High_Style_and_Misdemeanors.Panel_Outline__.pdf
Supplemental Document 1: Supplement_1__Style_Examples.pdf



Lauren Alwan’s fiction and essays have appeared in the O. Henry Prize Stories, the Southern Review, Zyzzyva, Nimrod, and Catapult, among others, and have been cited as notable in Best American Essays. She is a staff contributor at LitStack and a prose editor at the museum of americana.

Anita Felicelli is the author of Chimerica: A Novel and the short story collection Love Songs for a Lost Continent, which won the 2016 Mary Roberts Rinehart Fiction contest.

Olga Zilberbourg’s English-language debut, Like Water and Other Stories, will be published in 2019 from WTAW Press. She’s the author of three Russian-language collections of stories and has published fiction and criticism in Alaska Quarterly Review, Confrontation, Electric Literature, and elsewhere.

Lillian Howan is the author of The Charm Buyers. Her writings have appeared in Asian American Literary Review, Cafe Irreal, Calyx, Jellyfish Review, New England Review, and the anthologies Ms Aligned 2 and Under Western Eyes. She is the editor of Rosebud and Other Stories by Wakako Yamauchi.

Aatif Rashid is the author of the novel Portrait of Sebastian Khan. He's published stories in The Massachusetts Review and Arcturus, among other places, and nonfiction in The Los Angeles Review of Books. He currently writes regularly for The Kenyon Review blog.


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