F206. Two Sides of the Mirror: Writing About Body Image Across Gender

Room 402 AB, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Friday, April 1, 2016
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


The drive to stay thin, young, attractive, and sexy is a struggle synonymous with womanhood. What are often overlooked—in both our culture at large and in nonfiction writing—are the challenges men face with similarly impossible demands on ideal size, shape, and appearance. This discussion brings together writers working against gender expectation to expand the conversation on body image.


Tabitha Blankenbiller is an essayist and regular column contributor to Barrelhouse, Hobart, PDXX Collective, and other publications. She is a graduate of the Pacific University MFA program.

Jim Warner's poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in various journals including the North American Review, PANK, and the Minnesota Review, and he is the author of two collections. Jim is the managing editor of Quiddity and writes the weekly column "Best Worst Year" for SunDog Lit.

Ray Shea is an essayist and poet. He is the author of a poetry chapbook, meta stasis, and he is a frequent contributor to the Rumpus.

Brian Oliu is an instructor at the University of Alabama and director of the Slash Pine Press Internship. He is the author of four books of nonfiction and two chapbooks, ranging from Craigslist Missed Connections, to computer viruses, to Google Maps, to 8-bit video games, to the arcade game NBA Jam.

Cooper Lee Bombardier


March 27–30, 2019
Portland, OR

Oregon Convention Center