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September 2015 in Missoula, Montana: A Celebration of the Written Word
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Saturday, September 12 • 11:30am - 1:00pm
The Literary Fantastic: At Play with Genre in Literary Fiction

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What role can the speculative play in character-driven literary fiction? This panel unites four authors with ties to the Pacific Northwest in an exploration of hybrid forms and the future of slipstream literature. J Robert Lennon, Sharma Shields, Benjamin Parzybok, and Shya Scanlon read from their work, discuss common influences, expectations, and one another’s unique approaches, then answer questions. 

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Derek Heckman

Derek Heckman was born in Peoria, Illinois, and obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of Iowa. He also completed Iowa’s Undergraduate Certificate in Writing program and participated in its Irish Writing Program at University College Dublin. He was twice awarded the Scott A. Anderson Memorial Award for creative writing, as well as the Miriam Gilbert Award for Shakespeare scholarship. In 2013, he became a... Read More →

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J. Robert Lennon

J. Robert Lennon is the author of two story collections, Pieces For The Left Hand and See You in Paradise, and seven novels, including Mailman, Familiar,and Happyland. He holds an MFA from the University of Montana, and has published short fiction in The New Yorker, Harper's, Playboy, Granta, The Paris Review, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. He has been anthologized in Best American Short... Read More →
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Ben Parzybok

Benjamin Parzybok is the author of the novels Sherwood Nation and Couch. Among his other projects, he founded Gumball Poetry, a literary journal published in gumball capsule machines, co-ran Project Hamad, an effort to free a Guantanamo inmate (Adel Hamad is now free), and co-runs Black Magic Insurance Agency, a one-night city-wide alternative reality game. Born in Spokane, he currently lives in Portland, Oregon. He can be found... Read More →
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Shya Scanlon

Shya Scanlon is the author of the novels Forecast, Border Run, and The Guild of Saint Cooper, and of the poetry collection In This Alone Impulse. His short stories and non-fiction have been published in the Mississippi Review, Literary Review, The Believer, Hobart, and elsewhere. He co-founded the literary magazine Monkeybicycle, and started the book review section of The Nervous Breakdown. He now curates work for The Twin Peaks Project, a series... Read More →
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Sharma Shields

Author, Autumn House Press
Sharma Shields is the author of a short story collection, Favorite Monster, and a novel, The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac. Sharma’s writing has appeared in Electric Lit, The New York Times, Kenyon Review, Iowa Review, Fugue, and elsewhere and has garnered such awards as the Autumn House Fiction Prize, the Tim McGinnis Award for Humor, a Grant for Artist Projects from Artist... Read More →

Saturday September 12, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
Holiday Inn - Gallatin/Jefferson 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

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