S249. Minimalist, Maximalist, Memoirist: Sarah Manguso, Albert Goldbarth, Paul Lisicky, Sponsored by Graywolf Press

Ballroom B, Washington Convention Center, Level Three
Saturday, February 11, 2017
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


What does it mean to contract, expand, and elucidate a line or a life in one's personal writing? Three remarkable and very different writers will read from their recent works, and then discuss these questions and how they approach the writing of nonfiction by coming to it through other forms and genres. Which one is the minimalist? Which one is the maximalist? Are any—or all—of them the memoirist? Introduced and moderated by Graywolf Press director and publisher Fiona McCrae.



Fiona McCrae has been the Director and Publisher of Graywolf Press since 1994.

Sarah Manguso is the author of the book-length essays Ongoingness, The Guardians, and The Two Kinds of Decay; the story collection Hard to Admit and Harder to Escape; and the poetry collections Siste Viator and The Captain Lands in Paradise. Her honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Rome Prize.

Paul Lisicky is the author of five books including The Narrow Door, Unbuilt Projects, and The Burning House. A 2016 Guggenheim fellow, he teaches in the MFA program at Rutgers University-Camden and serves on the Writing Committee of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.

Albert Goldbarth is the only poet to have twice won the National Book Critics Circle Award. He has been distinguished professor in the Wichita State MFA program for twenty-five years. His new book of poems and new book of essays are forthcoming.


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