S233A. The Thin Place: A Tribute to Kathryn Davis

Room 209ABC, Washington Convention Center, Level Two
Saturday, February 11, 2017
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Kathryn Davis is widely considered by critics to be one of the most important women writers of the 20th and 21st centuries. Across seven stylistically breathtaking novels she has challenged and inspired a generation of readers, and ignited a movement of diverse, fabulist, posthuman, feminist authors. Her books constantly and electrifyingly ask the question of what is possible on the page. Students and colleagues of Davis speak about her work, ending with a reading from Davis herself.



Anton DiSclafani is the author of The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls and The After Party. A finalist for the Flaherty-Dunan First Novel prize, her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in: Washington Square, Biographile, and This American Life. She teaches creative writing at Auburn University.

Michael Taeckens, a cofounder of Broadside PR, executes marketing & PR campaigns for writers, publishers, and literary organizations. He was the marketing director at Graywolf Press 2012–2014 and the PR director at Algonquin Books 2000–2012. He received his MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Alice Sola Kim is a winner of a 2016 Whiting Award. Her fiction has been published or is forthcoming in Tin House, McSweeney's Literary Quarterly, and The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. She is a MacDowell Colony Fellow and the recipient of a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation.

Kate Bernheimer is the author of three novels and two story collections, including How a Mother Weaned Her Girl from Fairy Tales. The World Fantasy Award winning editor of My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: 40 New Fairy Tales, she is an associate professor at the University of Arizona.

Kathryn Davis is the author of seven novels. She has been the recipient of the Kafka Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Lannan Award for Fiction, and the Katherine Anne Porter Prize from the American Acedemy of Arts & Letters. She is Hurst Sr. Writer in Residence at Washington University in St. Louis.


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