MFA Program Professor Lysley Tenorio's Book Tour

Lysley Tenorio's book-tour for story collection, /Monstress/

“MONSTRESS announces the debut of an electric literary talent.

Brilliantly quirky, often moving, always gorgeously told,
these are tales of bighearted misfits who yearn for their authentic selves
with extraordinary passion and grace.”

New York Times Bestselling Author of The Surrendered


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Afternoon Craft Conversations

Wednesday, September 16th, 2:35pm, Hagerty Lounge

with Geoffrey G. O'Brien

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Wednesday, October 7th, 2:35pm, Hagerty Lounge

with Rachel Howard

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"Building Boxes, Making Fences, Forcing Leaps: Some Strategies for Three-Dimensionality in Prose"

As a writer who works from life experiences in different ways—as I think many writers do—I’m less interested in distinctions between fiction and nonfiction than I am in the difference between writing that feels “flat” and writing that places the reader in a charged space of heightened experience, renewed perspective, and active meaning-making.  To me, that three-dimensionality is the difference between prose as art and prose as mere relay of information (also a noble and needed function of prose, but not the one we are working toward as literary writers).  How is that three-dimensionality created, and what do you do when you find your language stuck in 2-D?  This talk will look practically at a few strategies for three-dimensionality drawn from contemporary writers like Sheila Heti and Maggie Nelson, and classics by Marguerite Duras and Bruno Schulz.  We’ll also look at examples from other artistic disciplines, particularly dance and the work of choreographers Ohad Naharin and William Forsythe.  We often think of technique as separate from the states of consciousness that make for great writing.  I’d like to propose that a shift in one can create a shift in the other.

Rachel Howard is a memoirist, fiction writer, editor, critic, and arts journalist who reports frequently on dance and the visual arts for the San Francisco Chronicle. You can view an online portfolio of my journalism here. Her book The Lost Night, a memoir about the emotional aftermath of my father’s unsolved murder, was described as “enthralling” by the New York Times. Her work has appreared in ZYZZYVA, Pif Magazine, Canteen, Berfrois, the Arroyo Literary Review, and is forthcoming in Gulf Coast. My journalism and dance writing has appeared in the New York TimesO, the Oprah MagazineSan Francisco Magazine, the Hudson Review, and the Village Voice.


Wednesday, November 4th, 2:35pm, Hagerty Lounge

with Karolina Waclawiak

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