S270. Fables, Fibs, and Flat-Out Lies: The Material of Making, Sponsored by Copper Canyon Press

Concourse Hall, LA Convention Center, Exhibit Hall Level One
Saturday, April 2, 2016
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


Whatever the chosen form, making is a dominant force in any artist's life. For writers, the creative material—language—is simultaneously precise and slippery, irreducible and expansive; metaphor is a lie that tells the truth, and image a construct made from the sound and meaning of language. This reading features three writers who practice various literary and artistic forms—fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and painting—and will be followed by a conversation moderated by their editor.



Michael Wiegers is the editor in chief of Copper Canyon Press, and the poetry editor of Narrative magazine. The editor of What About This: Collected Poems of Frank Stanford, he translates poetry from Spanish and has edited books from around the globe by poets at every stage in their careers.

Richard Siken is a poet, painter, filmmaker, and an editor at Spork Press. His first book, Crush, won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize. He is a recipient of two Arizona Commission on the Arts grants, two Lannan Residency Fellowships, and a Literature Fellowship in Poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Laura Kasischke has published nine novels and eight collections of poetry. She received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Space, in Chains, as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship and two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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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