R286. It Ain't What They Call You, It's What You Answer To: Peeling Off Genre Labels

Room 502 B, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 31, 2016
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


How does fantasy fiction (or sci-fi, or detective or horror fiction) become literary fiction? Who decides how/when the genre label gets affixed, or peeled off? Why is the move from genre to literary always somehow a narrative of progress, implying a lesser realm left behind? Hear firsthand as writers with varying affinities to genre fiction reflect on how they negotiate with (wrestle, embrace, sidestep) genre conventions in the creation of their work.



Daniel Orozco is the author of Orientation and Other Stories. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and a Whiting Writers Award. He teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Idaho.

Doug Dorst is the author of two novels, S. (with J.J. Abrams) and Alive in Necropolis, as well as a story collection, The Surf Guru. A former Stegner Fellow and a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he directs and teaches in the MFA program at Texas State University.

Maureen McHugh's first novel, China Mountain Zhang, a dystopian story set in a China-dominated future, was a New York Times Noteworthy Book and won the James Tiptree award.

Kelly Luce is the author of Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail and the forthcoming novel Pull Me Under. Her work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, O magazine, Salon, Electric Literature, and other publications.

Manuel Gonzales is the author of the collection, The Miniature Wife and Other Stories, and the forthcoming novel, The Regional Office Is Under Attack! He teaches creative writing at the University of Kentucky in Lexington and at the low-residency MFA program at IAIA.


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