S280. Attempting the Impossible: Strategies for Writing Creative Biography

Room 101, Washington Convention Center, Level One
Saturday, February 11, 2017
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


Traditional biographers aspire to get out of the way of their subjects in order to render objective portraits. These panelists take the opposite approach, emphasizing the impossibility of ever creating such a portrait and using this not as a failure but as an opportunity for imagination and interactivity. At this event they present examples, research and writing methods, and mixed media techniques for adapting history into literature, offering new modes of presenting the past and the people in it.



Kathleen Rooney is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press and a founding member of Poems While You Wait. She is the coeditor of Rene Magritte: Selected Writings, and her second novel, Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk, is forthcoming. She teaches at DePaul.

Kelcey Parker Ervick is the author of two books of fiction, Liliane's Balcony and For Sale by Owner, and a new book of literary nonfiction, The Bitter Life of Bozena Nemcova. She directs the creative writing program at Indiana University South Bend.

Anthony Michael Morena is the author of The Voyager Record, a lyric essay. He received an MA in creative writing from the Shaindy Rudoff Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Bar Ilan University, he reads for Gigantic Sequins, and has published in the Normal School, Ninth Letter, and Flapperhouse.

Sarah Domet is the author of the novel, The Guineveres, the craft book, 90 Days to Your Novel, and numerous works of short fiction and nonfiction. She holds a PhD in literature and creative writing from the University of Cincinnati.

Sarah Blake is the author of Mr. West, an unauthorized lyric biography of Kanye West. Her poems have appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books, Kenyon Review, and others. She was awarded an NEA Fellowship for poetry in 2013. She is cofounder of Submittrs and The Philadelphia Poetry Collaboration.


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