"We all have bodies that allow us to experience the world around us in unique, but ultimately human ways. Writer Lidia Yuknavitch says that “we are all walking around carrying every experience we have ever had written on our bodies. Our physical bodies.” And this very truth speaks to the importance of listening to our bodies and paying attention to what they’re telling us when we’re getting ready to write about our experiences in the world. Fiction or not, we speak from the vantage point of our bodies or our character’s bodies because the body is the carrier of our experiences, our stories."
Join WLT in June for a conversation on writing and the body. They'll explore the ways that we might write from our bodies, about our bodies, and for our bodies.
The conversation will be moderated by WLT Program Director Sam Babiak.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Cameron Dezen Hammon is the author of This Is My Body: A Memoir of Religious and Romantic Obsession (Lookout Books), the Nonfiction Discovery Prize Winner for the 2019 Writers’ League of Texas Book Awards. This Is My Body also earned a bronze medal in the 2020 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) in Creative Nonfiction, was named a finalist for the 2019 Foreword INDIE Book of the Year Award in Autobiography and Memoir, one of five great indie press books from 2019, Book Riot, one of the Rumpus’s best books of 2019, and recommended by Brené Brown in her 2019 roundup of Fall Book Love. Kirkus called This Is My Body "a generous and unflinchingly brave memoir about faith, feminism, and freedom.” Since earning her MFA from Seattle Pacific University, Cameron has taught or lectured on creative writing at Writers in the Schools Houston, InPrint Houston, Hugo House, the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Duke Divinity, and Lone Star College, Kingwood. She is at work on an essay collection about complicated love. *Author Photo by Anna Sneed
Natalie Lima is a Cuban-Puerto Rican writer and a graduate of the MFA program in creative nonfiction at the University of Arizona. Her essays and fiction have been published or are forthcoming in Longreads, Guernica, Brevity, The Offing, Catapult, Sex and the Single Girl (Harper Perennial, 2022), Body Language (Catapult, 2022), and elsewhere. Her writing has been honored in Best Small Fictions (2020), and noted twice in Best American Essays (2019 and 2020). She has received fellowships from PEN America Emerging Voices, Tin House, the VONA/Voices Workshop, the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, and a residency from Hedgebrook. Natalie is currently working on a collection of essays. You can find her on IG and Twitter @natalielima09.
Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton is an internationally known writer, educator, activist, performer, and Poet Laureate Emeritus of Houston, Texas. Formerly ranked the #2 Best Female Performance Poet in the World, Her work has appeared in Houston Noir by Akashic Press (2019), Black Girl Magic by Haymarket Books (2019), the Texas Observer, and Fjords Journal, and on such platforms as NPR, BBC, ABC, Apple News, Blavity, Upworthy, and across the TedX circuit. She has served as a contributing writer to Texas Monthly and Glamour Magazine. Heralded as a “Literary Genius” by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee in 2019, D.E.E.P.’s most recent poetry collection, Newsworthy, garnered a Pushcart nomination and was named a finalist for the 2019 Writer’s League of Texas Book Award and an honorable mention for the Summerlee Book Prize. A German translation, under the title "Berichtenswert," is set to be released in Fall 2021 by Elif Verlag. Most recently, she performed as a part of the Kennedy Center's Arts Across America, virtual performance.
Lisa Olstein is the author of four books of poetry, most recently LATE EMPIRE (Copper Canyon Press, 2017), and a book-length lyric essay, PAIN STUDIES (Bellevue Literary Press, 2020). A member of the poetry faculty at the University of Texas at Austin, her work has been recognized with a Guggenheim fellowship, Lannan Writing Residency, Pushcart Prize, and Hayden Carruth Award, among others.
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