S183. Essaying the Body Electric: A Reading & Conversation

Archives, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Four
Saturday, February 11, 2017
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


A project of Welcome Table Press, Essaying the Body Electric is an online space showcasing nonfiction narratives and art that offer frank, arresting, meaningful portrayals and interpretations of the body. This reading features work that sings various electricities in fresh ways, essaying anew anorexia and memory, love and atrophy, motherhood and violence. After the reading, participants address the fears, challenges, and triumphs of writing the body in the age of privacy gone public.



Kim Dana Kupperman is the founder of Welcome Table Press, devoted to the essay in all its forms. Author of The Last of Her and I Just Lately Started Buying Wings, she is a guest faculty member at WV Wesleyan's MFA and JHU's MA in writing. She leads and coteaches prompt-driven, private workshops.

Therése Halscheid has authored five poetry collections; the latest is Frozen Latitudes. Her essay won first in Welcome Table Press’s Essaying the Body Electric contest. Her verse and essays are widely published. An itinerant writer, she has taught in locales such as Alaska, England, and Russia.

Ana Maria Spagna is the author of the braided narrative, Reclaimers, the memoir/history, Test Ride on the Sunnyland Bus, winner of the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize, and two essay collections, Now Go Home and Potluck. She teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Antioch University.

Thomas Gibbs is an OB/GYN whose essays are widely published in literary journals and have been notably mentioned in Best American Essays. Honors include a fellowship at the Gettysburg Review Conference for Writers and third place in Welcome Table Press’s Essaying the Body Electric contest.

Colin Hosten has essays published in the Essay Review, Thought Catalog, and OUT magazine. A former children’s book editor, he currently teaches at Fairfield University. As managing editor of Welcome Table Press, he assisted in the launch of Essaying the Body Electric.


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