Our hybrid texts engage the physical body through troubling traditional boundaries of the narrative “I”. We come bearing narrative shape-shifters, the fluid, multiple, and plural “I,” the blurred and boundary-defying and excessive “I.” We are autofiction, autotheory, outlier work, work that hovers in the margins. What you long for and what you fear.
Participants: Olga García Echeverría, Emily Geminder, Wendy Oleson, and Stephen van Dyck.
Olga García Echeverría is the author of Falling Angeles: Cuentos y Poemas, the self-published chapbook Lovely Little Creatures, and is a contributor to the anthology, Imaniman: Poets Writing in The Anzaldúan Borderlands. Her work is found in numerous literary spaces including Lavandería: A Mixed Load of Women, Wash and Words; The Sun; and Telling Tongues: A Latinx Anthology on Language. She has been an educator for over 20 years and is a Touching Lives Fellow, awarded by A Room of Her Own Foundation (AROHO) to women writers and artists who have made significant long-term contributions to students and teaching. García Echeverría holds a B.A. in Ethnic Studies from UC Santa Cruz, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Texas in El Paso, and an honorary degree in Code-switching from the Universidad Autónoma de Lenguas Desbordadas.
Emily Geminderis the author of Dead Girls and Other Stories, winner of the Dzanc Books Short Story Prize. Her work has appeared in AGNI, American Short Fiction, Conjunctions, Kenyon Review, New England Review, Prairie Schooner, Tin House, Witness, and elsewhere. She has received an AWP Intro Journals Award, a Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award, and a Pushcart Special Mention. She lives in Los Angeles and is a PhD candidate in creative writing and literature at the University of Southern California.
Wendy Oleson(MFA, PhD), is the author of two award-winning prose chapbooks, Please Find Us(Gertrude Press)and Our Daughter and Other Stories(Map Literary). Her stories and poems have appeared in Cimarron Review, Passages North, Copper Nickel, Carve Magazine, Best of the Net 2018, and elsewhere. Wendy serves as Associate Prose Editor for Fairy Tale Reviewand teaches online for the Writers’ Program at UCLA Extension. Find her at wendyoleson.com.
Stephen van Dyck, a writer, artist, and educator, is the author of People I’ve Met From the Internet, out August 2019 from Ricochet Editions. Van Dyck’s work has appeared in Zyzzyva, Yes Femmes, The Gay & Lesbian Review, and Entropy. An MFA graduate of Integrated Media, Critical Studies and Experimental Sound Practices at CalArts, van Dyck has performed and presented work all around Los Angeles, including LACE, MOCA, LACMA and Human Resources. Since 2008, van Dyck has curated the Los Angeles Road Concerts, all-day arts events where over 300 LA artists and locals have re-imagined unused outdoor public space along the entire lengths of LA’s very long streets.