Our Essay Daily Salon Series hosts intimate and lively conversations with writers we love, pitched at readers and practitioners of the essay and more generally creative nonfiction.
THE NEXT SALON IS AUGUST 17
This event, like all the salon series, is free. RSVP here.
Jana Larson holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing from Hamline University, where she studied with Barrie Jean Borich (My Lesbian Husband), Patricia Weaver Francisco (Telling: A Memoir of Rape and Recovery), and Jim Moore (Lightning at Dinner); an MFA in Filmmaking from the University of California, San Diego; and a BA in Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. As a filmmaker, she has received awards from the Princess Grace Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board and shown her work at festivals and the Walker Art Center. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Justin St. Germain is the author of the book-length essay Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, part of IG Publishing's Bookmarked series. His first book, the memoir Son of a Gun, won the Barnes & Noble Discover Award, was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, and was named to many best books of 2013 lists.
St. Germain’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Tin House, New England Review, DIAGRAM, and many other publications, as well as anthologies including Best of the West and The Pushcart Prize. He was a Wallace Stegner Fellow and Marsh McCall Lecturer at Stanford University, and received his BA and MFA from the University of Arizona. He lives in Oregon, teaches at Oregon State University and the Rainier Writers Workshop, and co-hosts I'll Find Myself When I'm Dead, a podcast about the literary essay.
May 17, 5pm Pacific/8 Eastern: What's Genre Got to Do with It? A Salon on Hybrid Work featuring Megan Culhane Galbraith and Kristine Langley Mahler
Megan Culhane Galbraith is a writer, visual artist, and an adoptee. She is the author of The Guild of the Infant Saviour: An Adopted Child’s Memory Book, a hybrid memoir-in-essays published by Mad Creek Books on May 21, 2021. Her work was Notable in Best American Essays 2017 and her writing and art have been published in Tupelo Quarterly, Hobart, Longreads, Hotel Amerika, Catapult, and Redivider, among others. She is the Associate Director of the Bennington Writing Seminars and the founding director of the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont Young Writers Institute. www.megangalbraith.com
Kristine Langley Mahler is a memoirist experimenting with the truth on the suburban prairie outside Omaha, Nebraska. Author of Curing Season (WVU Press, 2022) and recipient of a 2021 Individual Artist Fellowship from the Nebraska Arts Council, Kristine's work was named Notable in Best American Essays 2019 and is published in DIAGRAM, Ninth Letter, Brevity, Speculative Nonfiction, and The Rumpus, among others. She is the director and publisher at Split/Lip Press. Find more about her projects at kristinelangleymahler.com or @suburbanprairie.
On 8.21.20, Talking Back to Books featured Kim Adrian, author of The Twenty-Seventh Letter of the Alphabet: a Memoir, Sock (Object Lessons series), and Dear Knausgaard, and editor of Shell Game: Writers Play with Borrowed Forms and Stephanie Reents, author of I Meant to Kill Ye and The Kissing List.
We published this expanded transcript of our conversation here if you missed it.