F140. Magic and the Intellect

Room 3B, Washington State Convention Center, Level 3
Friday, February 28, 2014
10:30 am to 11:45 am


In her essay “The Deep Zoo” Rikki Ducornet writes: “the work of the writer is to move beyond the simple definitions or descriptions of things… and to bring a dream to life through the alchemy of language; to move from the street—the place of received ideas—into the forest—the place of the unknown.” On this panel five fiction writers intend to describe, depict, illustrate, and otherwise expose this movement from known to unknown in order to ask: what do we mean when we say “magic”?



Lucy Corin’s third book of fiction, One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses was published in 2013. She was awarded the Rome Prize in Literature in 2012 and directs the Creative Writing Program at the University of California, Davis.

Rikki Ducornet is the author of eight novels as well as collections of poems, short stories and essays. Finalist for the National Book Critics' Circle Award, she has received Fellowships from the Bunting Institute, the Lannan Foundation, a Bard Meda,l and an Academy Award in Literature.

Kate Bernheimer is the author of three novels and two story collections including Horse, Flower, Bird. The World Fantasy Award winning editor of My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: 40 New Fairy Tales and xo Orpheus: 50 New Myths, she teaches in the MFA Program at the University of Arizona.

Sarah Shun-lien Bynum is the author of the novels Ms. Hempel Chronicles, a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, and Madeleine Is Sleeping, a finalist for the National Book Award. She was named one of “20 Under 40” fiction writers by the New Yorker, and teaches at Otis College of Art and Design.

Anna Joy Springer is the author of The Vicious Red Relic, Love (2011), a fabulist memoir with soundscape and images. She’s now making a book-length rebus called Thieves With Tiny Eyes and is associate professor of Literature at UC San Diego and Director of its MFA Program in Writing


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