Family Trees in the Enchanted Forest: How Fairy and Folk Tales Help Us Rewrite In

Rooms 427-429, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 4
Thursday, March 9, 2023
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


Fairy and folk tales always belong to the next generation, while preserving the imprint of previous iterations. Told and retold across eras, these stories of kinship and metamorphosis—birth, death, marriage—make ideal sites for revisiting family legends, traumas that predate our arrival, the limitations of memory, false legacy, and the ever-evolving morals of snow child, bear father, sister and brother lost in the wood. 



Gregory Howard's fiction and essays have appeared in WebConjunctions, The Collagist, Harp & Altar, and Tarpaulin Sky, among other places. He teaches fiction writing, contemporary literature, and film at University of Maine. His novel Hospice was published by FC2.

Lily Hoang is the author of six books, including Underneath (winner of the Red Hen Fiction Award), A Bestiary (finalist for the PEN USA Nonfiction Book Award) and Changing (recipient of a PEN Open Books Award). She teaches in the MFA program at University of California San Diego.

Porochista Khakpour is the author of the forthcoming memoir Sick, and the novels Sons & Other Flammable Objects and The Last Illusion. She received fellowships from the NEA, Ucross, Yaddo, and more. She writes for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Bookforum, WSJ, VQR, and more.

Richard Mirabella is a writer and civil servant living in Upstate New York. His work has appeared in American Short Fiction online, Story, Split Lip, and elsewhere. HIs first novel, Brother & Sister Enter the Forest, will be published in March 2023 by Catapult.

Danielle Pafunda is author of nine books of poetry and prose including Spite, Beshrew, The Book of Scab, and The Dead Girls Speak in Unison. She teaches at Rochester Institute of Technology.


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