R182. The Multiheaded Beast: Challenging Genre in Creative Nonfiction

Capital & Congress, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Four
Thursday, February 9, 2017
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Nonfiction is often divided into categories, but memoirs needn’t just be remembered events, essays needn’t focus solely on rumination, and literary journalism isn’t merely about what one observes. Our nonfiction is richer when we braid the sub-genres into a coherent whole, using all the tools available. Panelists discuss how they weave research on community policing, queer identity, and rebel teachers in Oaxaca, for instance, into their memoirs and essays, so readers are informed as well as captivated.



Dinty W.Moore is author of Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy: Advice and Confessions on Writing, Love, and Cannibals, the memoir Between Panic & Desire, and numerous other books of nonfiction. 

Sonya Huber is the author of two books of creative nonfiction, Opa Nobody (2008) and Cover Me: A Health Insurance Memoir (2010), and a textbook, The Backwards Research Guide for Writers: Using Your Life for Reflection, Connection, and Inspiration (2011). She teaches at Fairfield University.

Stephanie Elizondo Griest is the author of four books, including Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana; Mexican Enough; and the forthcoming All the Agents & Saints: Dispatches from the U.S. Borderlands. She is assistant professor of creative nonfiction at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Daisy Hernández is the author of A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir and coeditor of the feminist anthology Colonize This! Her work has been published in the Atlantic, Dogwood, Gulf Coast, and Guernica. She’s an assistant professor at Miami University in Ohio.

Catina Bacote’s nonfiction has appeared in such journals as the Gettysburg Review, the Sun, TriQuarterly, the Common, and the Southern California Review. She wrote a viewing guide to the documentary Banished: American Ethnic Cleansings. She teaches creative writing at Warren Wilson College.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center