F247. The Art of Perspective: How Narrative Strategies Reflect Contemporary Culture

Liberty Salon M, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Four
Friday, February 10, 2017
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


How can the novel respond to a culture dominated by the microform interactions of social media? Increasingly, we experience the world as a series of information fragments, a mode of communication that seems at odds with the long form of the novel. Five novelists, whose books explore multiple perspectives, discuss the narrative strategies writers use to explore the composite structures of contemporary storytelling and reflect the fractured nature of everyday narratives.



Lee Hope is author of the novel Horsefever; editor-in-chief of Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices; has received fellowships from the Maine Arts Commission and the Pennsylvania Arts Council; has published fiction in the North American Review, Witness, Epiphany, etc.; and directed writing programs.

Christopher Castellani is the author of three novels, most recently All This Talk of Love. He is the artistic director of Grub Street, on the faculty of the MFA Program at Warren Wilson and Bread Loaf, and a 2014 Guggenheim fellow. His latest book is The Art of Perspective, essays on craft.

Sunil Yapa holds an MFA from Hunter College. His work has appeared in the Margins, Hyphen Magazine, the Tottenville Review, and others. He has won numerous awards, including the 2010 Asian American short story award. His debut novel is Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist.

Marjan Kamali is the author of the novel Together Tea. She has an MFA in creative writing from NYU and an MBA from Columbia University. Together Tea was a Massachusetts Book Award Finalist, an NPR WBUR Good Read, and a Target Emerging Author Selection. It has been translated into several languages.

Sarah Colwill-Brown is marketing & community engagement manager at GrubStreet, one of America's leading creative writing centers. She is also fiction editor at Pangyrus and managing editor at Solstice literary mags, and working on a novel set in post-Katrina New Orleans.


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