F139B. Blood Will Out: Putting Violence on the Page

Room 101 H&I, Level 1
Friday, April 10, 2015
10:30 am to 11:45 am


What makes violence so compelling a subject? How do we reconcile writing gorgeously about unspeakable things? When should we employ grisly details, and when would restraint have more emotional impact? What right do we have to write about violence we haven’t experienced ourselves? How can we do justice to the consequences and complexities of violence? Five award-winning prose writers and poets explore the allure and perils of violence both physical and psychological.



Melissa Stein is the author of the poetry collection Rough Honey, winner of the APR/Honickman First Book Prize. Her work has appeared in New England Review, Harvard Review, Best New Poets, and many others. She has received fellowships from Bread Loaf, Yaddo, and MacDowell, and has several awards.

Richard Bausch is the author of eleven novels, eight books of stories, and a volume of poems and prose. His twelfth and latest novel is Before, During, After.

Ed Falco's latest novel is Toughs. His previous books include the novels The Family Corleone, Saint John of the Five Boroughs, and Wolf Point, and the short story collections Burning Man and Sabbath Night in the Church of the Piranha: New and Selected Stories. He teaches at Virginia Tech.

Cate Marvin is professor of English at the College of Staten Island, CUNY. A co-founder of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, her third book of poems, Oracle, is forthcoming from Norton in March 2015.

Roger Reeves was awarded a 2014-2015 Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University and a 2013 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry, Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, and Tin House. His first book is King Me.


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