R129. Tell the Truth and Lie to Me

Room 203AB, Washington Convention Center, Level Two
Thursday, February 9, 2017
9:00 am to 10:15 am


What happens when a novelist obviously mines from her own life, or a nonfiction writer invents whole scenes that never occurred, or a poet convinces the reader of bearing witness to a fabricated experience? Is there an ethical agreement between reader and writer that dictates these parameters or does art conquer all? In this panel, writers from three different genres read from their own work and discuss how factual accuracy shapes their writing.



Meghan Daum is the author of four books, most recently The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion. She is also the editor of Selfish, Shallow & Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not to Have Kids.

Lisa Glatt is the author of the novels The Nakeds, and A Girl Becomes a Comma Like That, the short story collection The Apple's Bruise, and the poetry collections Shelter and Monsters and Other Lovers. She teaches at California State University, Long Beach.

David Hernandez is the author of four poetry collections, including Dear, Sincerely. His awards include an NEA Literature Fellowship and a Pushcart Prize. David teaches creative writing at California State University, Fullerton.


March 8–11, 2023
Seattle, Washington

Washington State Convention Center