R250. Old Neighborhoods, New Locales: How Place Shapes Our Writing and Our Literary Identities

Room 408 B, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 31, 2016
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Place, where we've grown up and/or have lived, informs who we are and how we perceive ourselves in the world. As nonfiction writers, it also influences the work we produce. A new locale can, in fact, be a catalyst for writing about a place we thought we knew. By examining their own works and the works of others, five writer/teachers from different locales, both here and abroad, discuss and illustrate how specific places they've inhabited have helped shape their personal and literary selves.


Michael Steinberg is founding editor of Fourth Genre. Still Pitching won the ForeWord Magazine/Independent Press Memoir of the Year. The Fourth Genre: Contemporary Writers of/on Creative Nonfiction (with Bob Root) is in a 6th edition. He's nonfiction writer in residence in the Solstice MFA program.

Phillip Lopate has written over twenty books, most recently, the essay collections Portrait Inside My Head and To Show and to Tell: The Craft of Literary Nonfiction. He has also edited the anthology Art of the Personal Essay, and he directs the MFA nonfiction program at Columbia University.

Renee E. D’Aoust's first book is Body of a Dancer, a ForeWord Review's Memoir of the Year Finalist. She has received Idaho Arts Commission grants and a fellowship from the NEA Dance Journalism Institute. She volunteers for AWP's Writer to Writer program. She teaches at North Idaho College and Casper College.

Mimi Schwartz's books include Good Neighbors, Bad Times, Echoes of My Father's German Village; Thoughts from a Queen-Sized Bed; and Writing True, the Art and Craft of Creative Nonfiction (with Sondra Perl). She is professor emerita of Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

Karen Babine is the author of Water and What We Know: Following the Roots of a Northern Life and editor of Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies. Her work has appeared in River Teeth, Ascent, North Dakota Quarterly, Fugue, and more.


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