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Friday, September 20 • 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Fiction Collective Two: Performance & Conversation

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Fiction Collective Two (FC2) has been a leading publisher of experimental writing for over 40 years. Its mission is to reinvent itself continuously by publishing fictions that keep the possibilities of language vivid and nimble and that dismantle assumed points of view. FC2 authors include, among many others, Samuel Delany, Fanny Howe, Stephen Graham Jones, Diane Williams, Amelia Gray, and Vi Khi Nao. FC2 books make a case for the inexhaustibility of literary forms and, taken together, show a radical and energizing diversity of perspectives, aesthetics, subjects, and styles. This hybrid event will feature short readings from authors brand new to the Collective as well as from authors who joined the Collective at the turn of the 21st century. After the reading, the panelists will discuss literary experimentalism today. What constitutes “the experimental” now, as we hurtle toward a new decade? Participants will discuss the past and present of FC2 in the context of larger literary, social, and political movements and invite the audience into a collaborative, speculative conversation about the future of fiction.


Darcie Dennigan

Darcie Dennigan is an award-winning poet and playwright whose books include Madame X and The Parking Lot and other feral scenarios. She lives in Providence, RI.
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Jennifer Natalya Fink

Georgetown University
Jennifer Natalya Fink is the author of five critically acclaimed novels, including the Dana Award-winning The Mikvah Queen and Lambda-finalist and Doctorow-prize winning Bhopal Dance. She is an associate professor at Georgetown University, where she teaches creative writing and co-founded... Read More →
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Carol Guess

Professor of English, Western Washington University
Carol Guess is the author of twenty books of poetry and prose, including Tinderbox Lawn, Darling Endangered, and Doll Studies: Forensics. A frequent collaborator who delights in crossing genre boundaries, Guess teaches Creative Writing and Queer Studies at Western Washington University... Read More →

Evelyn Hampton

Evelyn Hampton is the author of two full-length story collections and a novella. She has an MA in Rhetoric from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, an MFA from Brown University, and is currently a PhD student at the University of Denver.

Michael Mejia

Assistant Professor, University of Utah
Michael Mejia is the author of the novels TOKYO and Forgetfulness, both published by FC2, and his fiction and nonfiction have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including AGNI, DIAGRAM, The Collagist, Seneca Review, My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me, and Angels... Read More →

Lance Olsen

Lance Olsen is author of more than 25 books of and about innovative writing, including the forthcoming novel My Red Heave (Dzanc, 2020). His short stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in hundreds of journals and anthologies, such as Conjunctions, Black Warrior Review, Fiction... Read More →

Aurelie Sheehan

Aurelie Sheehan is the author of two novels and three story collections. Her short fiction has appeared in Alaska Quarterly, Conjunctions, Fence, The Mississippi Review, New England Review, Ploughshares, and The Southern Review. She teaches fiction at the University of Arizona.

Elisabeth Sheffield

Elisabeth Sheffield is the author of three novels, all published by FC2: Helen Keller Really Lived (2014), Fort Da: A Report (2009), and Gone (2003). Additionally, her work has appeared in various venues such as Ploughshares, the Denver Quarterly, Pretext, 13th Moon, Gulf Coast and... Read More →

Friday September 20, 2019 3:00pm - 4:15pm PDT
DISC-061 Auditorium