Mississippi poet laureate and author
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Credit: Bruce Newman

Credit: Bruce Newman


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AWP in Portland, panel/readings

Cheating on Poetry: On Writing Nonfiction Too.(Anna LeahyBeth Ann FennellyPaisley RekdalLisa KoCori Winrock) In an interview about micro-memoirs, Beth Ann Fennelly revealed she had found herself “cheating on poetry” by having “a love affair with the sentence.” Here, writers who studied poetry discuss what it means to work in this second genre, with attention to opportunities, challenges, conflicts, and intersections. Discussion includes focus on craft and form, line and/versus sentence, literary influences, MFA program limitations, and affinity across genres that can lead poets to creative nonfiction.

C123 Oregon Conference Center, Level 1

Panel: R232. 25 Years of Creative Nonfiction: An Anniversary Reading(Lee GutkindDinty W. MooreBrenda MillerBrian BroomeSuzanne Roberts and Beth Ann Fennelly) Since 1994, Creative Nonfiction magazine has inspired and supported writers of true stories and has been a tireless advocate for the genre. The magazine showcases a diverse range of writers and writing, and almost every issue features at least one writer’s first publication. Help celebrate a quarter-century of Creative Nonfiction with brief readings by four contributors and contest winners and founding editor Lee Gutkind's reflections on a quarter century of publishing. R232 Oregon Conference Center, Level 1