F279. Beyond the Hospital: The Memoirist on Writing About Health, Illness, and Injury

Monument, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Four
Friday, February 10, 2017
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


This event explores the tragedies, pitfalls, miracles, and realities of living in a world of evolving medicine, as panelists contribute varying perspectives on how their journeys in and out of the medical establishment have impacted their work. What makes us embrace or reject modern medicine? What terrifies us about it? It is through the symbiotic relationship between memoir and medicine that we can begin to understand how to interact in this transforming world.



Elizabeth L. Silver is the author of the critically acclaimed novel, The Execution of Noa P. Singleton, which was an Amazon Best Debut of the Month and Amazon Best Book of the Year, and the forthcoming memoir, The Tincture of Time. She's written for McSweeney's, the Millions, the Rumpus, and others.

Porochista Khakpour is the author of the novels Sons & Other Flammable Objects and The Last Illusion. She has received fellowships from the NEA, Ucross, Yaddo, Sewanee Writers' Conference, and more. She has written for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Salon, Slate, Elle, Spin, and more.

Christine Hyung-Oak Lee is the author of a memoir, Tell Me Everything You Don't Remember, and the forthcoming novel, The Golem of Seoul. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, ZYZZYVA, Guernica, the Rumpus, Hyphen Magazine, and BuzzFeed.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center