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Upcoming readings, talks, and classes.


NonfictioNOW 2018
Nov
2
9:30 AM09:30

NonfictioNOW 2018

The Sound-Centered Essay:

How do we marshal principles of sound in our written essays? And how do principles of writing play out in our audio essays? Writers and audio producers unite on this panel to map the mutual interdependencies between aural and written. We open with a thought-experiment reversing the sound-metaphors writers traditionally rely on: in recognizing the metaphysical problems of referring to narrators as speakers, we draw on ethnomusicology to chart a new angle on narration that casts narrators as listeners. We then turn toward the craft of writing for the page, writing for radio, and producing essays in the medium of sound. We’ll discuss a pedagogy and a writing practice informed by a sound- centered consciousness, celebrating the role of the ear in the creation of text. And we’ll explore emerging styles/techniques of sound production, discussing the nuts and bolts of getting a text to “lift off” the page.

Panelists: Erin Anderson, Allison Coffelt, Corinna Cook, Noam Dorr

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Reading: Allison Coffelt and Jeannine Ouellette
Apr
10
7:00 PM19:00

Reading: Allison Coffelt and Jeannine Ouellette

About the book:
After a decade of dreaming, Allison Coffelt arrived in Haiti, ready—she thought—"to learn how much she didn’t know" about the Caribbean nation. Traveling the highways with Dr. Jean Gardy Marius, founder of the public health organization OSAPO, she embarked on a life-changing journey that would weave Haiti’s proud, tumultuous history and present reality into her life forever.

Maps Are Lines We Draw explores the culture and natural beauty of the island as well as its discomfiting realities: the threat well-intentioned aid organizations can present to the local economy; the privilege that determines who gets to travel between a "here" and a distant "there" which is foreign and other; and the challenge of doing short-term good without creating long-lasting harm. 

About Allison Coffelt:
Allison Coffelt lives and writes in Columbia, Missouri.  Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of BooksHippocampusOxford Public Health Magazine, the Crab Orchard Review, and elsewhere.  She was a finalist in the 2015 Crab Orchard Review Literary Nonfiction Prize and the winner of the 2015 University of Missouri Essay Prize.  She currently works as the director of education and outreach for the annual True/False Film Fest and hosts the True/False podcast. Maps Are Lines We Draw: A Road Trip through Haiti is her first book.

About Jeannine Ouellette:
Jeannine Ouellette has authored several educational books and the children’s picture book Mama Moon. She is a recent prizewinner in the Masters Review Fiction Contest, Curt Johnson Fiction Awards, and Proximity’s Essay Contest. Her work has appeared widely including in Utne, Penn Review, december magazine, Eckleburg, and Nowhere, as well as several anthologies, and has been supported by Millay Colony for the Arts, Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, and Tin House Writers Workshop. Jeannine teaches writing through the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop and Elephant Rock, a creative writing program she founded in Minneapolis. She recently completed her first novel.

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Pen + Brush Reading Series: Benedict, Coffelt, and Samuels
Apr
4
7:00 PM19:00

Pen + Brush Reading Series: Benedict, Coffelt, and Samuels

Pen and Brush Presents… is a reading series founded by Kate Angus and hosted by Pen and Brush. The series supports the work small press editors do in identifying excellent writing, as well as supporting the writing itself, by featuring exciting new work by established and emerging authors. Each month, “Pen and Brush Presents…” features readings by three writers, each one selected by editors at a press, journal, or organization with a strong female editorial presence.

Join us for our April reading, featuring the following writers and presses:

Helen Benedict, representing Bellevue Literary Press. Helen Benedict, a professor at Columbia University, is the author of seven novels, including the recent Wolf Season, which Elissa Schappell wrote should be “required reading” and which received a starred review in the Library Journal; and Sand Queen, a Publishers Weekly “Best Contemporary War Novel.” A recipient of both the Ida B. Wells Award for Bravery in Journalism and the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism, Benedict is also the author of five works of nonfiction, including The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq, and the play The Lonely Soldier Monologues. She lives in New York.

Bellevue Literary Press is devoted to publishing literary fiction and nonfiction at the intersection of the arts and sciences because we believe that science and the humanities are natural companions for understanding the human experience. With each book we publish, our goal is to foster a rich, interdisciplinary dialogue that will forge new tools for thinking and engaging with the world.

Allison Coffelt, who reads for Lanternfish Press, lives and writes in Columbia, Missouri. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Hippocampus, Oxford Public Health Magazine, the Crab Orchard Review, museum of americana, Prick of the Spindle, the Higgs Weldon humor website, and the University of Connecticut Journal of Contemporary French & Francophone Studies (SITES). She was a finalist in the 2015 Crab Orchard Review Literary Nonfiction Prize, the 2016 San Miguel Writer’s Workshop Essay Contest, and the winner of the 2015 University of Missouri Essay Prize. She currently works for True/False Film Fest, where she is the Education & Outreach Director and host of the True/False podcast.

Lanternfish Press, founded in Philadelphia in 2013, publishes literature of the rare and strange: fiction that crosses the boundary between literary and speculative; real or imagined tales of characters at the margins of history; essays rooted in a strong sense of place; a cabinet of curious Victorian reprints. We seek the grotesque, the alien made familiar, the “I don’t know what this is—but I love it.”

Mina Samuels is a full-time writer, editor and performance artist. In addition to many ghostwriting projects, her previous books include Run Like a Girl: How Strong Women Make Happy Lives; a novel titled The Queen of Cups; and The Think Big Manifesto, co-authored with Michael Port. She has written and performed two one-woman plays: Do You Know Me? and Hazards. She is the author of two short stories published by Pen + Brush.

For over 120 years, Pen + Brush has been dedicated to promoting the work of women in both the literary and visual arts. Pen and Brush provides a platform to showcase the work of emerging and mid-career female artists and writers to a broader audience with the ultimate goal of effecting real change within the marketplace.

Kate Angus is a founding editor of Augury Books. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Awl, Best New Poets 2010 and Best New Poets 2014. Her poetry collection, So Late to the Party, was published by Negative Capability Press in 2016.

RSVPs encouraged to <rsvp@penandbrush.org>

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The Unspoken and the Spoken: A Conversation on Haiti
Mar
29
6:30 PM18:30

The Unspoken and the Spoken: A Conversation on Haiti

Join us at Rosemont College for a panel discussion. Allison Coffelt, Jennifer Joseph, and Ulysse Toussaint will discuss advocacy and aid in Haiti, including the responsibility of doing short-term good without creating long-lasting harm. Hosted in cooperation with the Graduate Publishing Program at Rosemont College. This event will take place at Rotwitt Theatre at the McShain Performing Arts Center on the Rosemont College campus. 

PANELISTS
Allison Coffelt lives and writes in Columbia, Missouri. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Hippocampus, Oxford Public Health Magazine, the Crab Orchard Review, museum of americana, Prick of the Spindle, the Higgs Weldon humor website, and the University of Connecticut journal of Contemporary French & Francophone Studies (SITES). She was a finalist in the 2015 Crab Orchard Review Literary Nonfiction Prize, the 2016 San Miguel Writer’s Workshop Essay Contest, and the winner of the 2015 University of Missouri Essay Prize. She currently works for True/False Film Fest, where she is the Education & Outreach Director and host of the True/False podcast. Her first book, Maps Are Lines We Draw, is forthcoming on March 20.

Jennifer M. Joseph earned her bachelor's degree from Rosemont College, and a certification in Ministry from The Jamenson Theological Seminary. Jennifer is the Human Resources Manager at Always Best Care Senior Services and also serves as the Administrative Pastor at Zion Pentecostal Church of God. Simultaneously, she volunteers as the President of United Kingdom Youth Ministries---a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that serves Haitian Youth in Philadelphia and surrounding cities. Jennifer recently published her first book entitled Her Redemption. She is a sought after Public Speaker and a leader of integrity in the Haitian community. 

Ulysse Toussaint is an author, photographer and documentary filmmaker. He graduated from Messiah College in 2008 with a major in French and Communications. He studied art, photography, and political science at the at Institut d'études politiques de Strasbourg and Marc Bloch University. He has continued to seek knowledge through professional certificate programs in Economics and Global Health. His children’s book, Superheroes of Service, came out earlier this year.

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AWP 2018 Panelist: The Dividing Line
Mar
9
1:30 PM13:30

AWP 2018 Panelist: The Dividing Line

The Dividing Line: Blending Research In Personal Narratives

Room 13, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor  

This panel will gather together creative nonfiction writers who mix various types of research into their personal narratives. Inherent in their creative process is a burgeoning integration of both the shared and the personal. The panel’s discussion will focus on the way each writer approaches this “dividing line,” the space between the material that comes forward through extensive research and the material pulled from the writer’s unaided memory.

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The Arts of Pen and Posture
Feb
11
2:00 PM14:00

The Arts of Pen and Posture

Take time to listen to and tell the story of your inner being! In this all-levels yoga and writing session, yogis and writers alike will cultivate and play with the powerful connection between writing and embodiment. We will enjoy some aligned vinyasa yoga, meditation, and restorative yoga paired with creative writing exercises to prompt new insights into our creative selves. No matter your writing or yoga experience, our time together will focus on a consciousness-building yoga practice and reigniting the possibilities of the page.

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Dec
1
1:30 PM13:30

Reading: English & Linguistics Senior Seminar, Truman State University

Join us as we welcome back distinguished alumna Allison Coffelt as our Keynote speaker at the English and Linguistics Senior Seminar Conference. She is the author of Maps Are Lines We Draw: A Road Trip Through Haiti (forthcoming from Lanternfish Press, 2018).

She is currently the Education and Outreach Director of the True/False Film Festival in Columbia, MO.

Friday, December 1st 1:30-2:20, SUB Georgian Room A

 

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Nov
30
1:30 PM13:30

Keynote: English & Linguistics Senior Seminar, Truman State University

Join us as we welcome back distinguished alumna Allison Coffelt as our Keynote speaker at the English and Linguistics Senior Seminar Conference. She is the author of Maps Are Lines We Draw: A Road Trip Through Haiti (forthcoming from Lanternfish Press, 2018).

She is currently the Education and Outreach Director of the True/False Film Festival in Columbia, MO.

Allison will share her professional experiences post-graduation in the Keynote talk, “Facts, Feelings, and Truth: The Practice of an Inner Life.”

Thursday, November 30th 1:30-2:20, SUB Georgian Room A

 

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Apr
29
to Apr 30

Class: Art & Practice of Writing

Do you want to grow your writing practice? Do you have a story to tell? In these writing sessions, we will focus on tuning your voice on the page. In our time together we will cultivate essential elements of writing, tap into the power of close observation, and offer guidance for implementing a writing practice in everyday life. We will engage in nontraditional writing exercises rather than bringing in preexisting work. Ideal for beginners of all genres and anyone hoping to deepen their practice.

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