R182. CANCELLED: The End of the World as We Know It: The Nonfiction of Apocalypse

Room 007B, Henry B. González Convention Center, River Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


What happens when nuclear bombs, religious visions, wiped-out species, and political shifts rocking nations—the classic stuff of haunted dream-worlds—edge beyond science fiction and into reality? In this panel, four creative nonfiction writers will talk about the ways they’ve written into apocalyptic subjects, whether detailing the ends of worlds past—ones experienced or ones reconstructed—or using the tools of creative nonfiction to speculate forward, into doomsday futures.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: The_End_of_the_World_as_We_Know_It_Outline.docx



Beth Peterson is a nonfiction writer and assistant professor of writing at Grand Valley State University. A wilderness guide before she began writing, Beth's first book of essays, about glaciers, volcanoes, disappearing people and places, was published in 2019.

Joni Tevis is the author of two books of essays, most recently The World Is On Fire: Scrap, Treasure, and Songs of Apocalypse. Her essays have appeared in Orion, Oxford American, Poets & Writers, the Pushcart Prize anthology, and elsewhere. She teaches at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina.

Matt Donovan is the author of a collection of lyric essays, A Cloud of Unusual Size and Shape, as well as two collections of poetry, Rapture & the Big Bam and Vellum. Donovan is the recipient of a Rome Prize, a Whiting Award, a Pushcart Prize, and an NEA fellowship.

Desirae Matherly teaches writing at Tusculum College, and serves as nonfiction editor for The Tusculum Review. Desirae earned a PhD in creative nonfiction from Ohio University in 2004 and is a former Harper Fellow at the University of Chicago.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center