Awp: Writing About Animals (Nonhuman And Human)

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Please join me (moderator Katharine Beutner) and brilliant writers Susan Orlean, Benoit Denizet-Lewis, Ken Foster, and Miriam Bird Greenberg in Room 205 C&D, Level 2, as we discuss...


Writers of nonfiction, poetry, and fiction will discuss how we depict nonhuman animals in our work, and what writing about animals requires—explorations of ethics, of animal sensibility, of human and nonhuman emotion. Beyond the philosophical questions, we will also address practical craft considerations. How does one craft an animal voice or describe the trajectory of an animal life? What does it mean to write about animals in the age of animal personhood lawsuits and Horse_ebooks?


SUSAN ORLEAN is the author of eight books, including The Orchid Thief and Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend, both New York Times bestsellers. She has been a staff writer at the New Yorker since 1992. She is a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow in Creative Arts.

BENOIT DENIZET-LEWIS is a New York Times bestselling author, a writer with The New York Times Magazine, and an assistant professor of writing and publishing at Emerson College. He is the author of three books. His most recent, Travels with Casey, explores America’s dog culture.

KEN FOSTER is the author of the bestselling memoir The Dogs Who Found Me and the short story collection The Kind I'm Likely to Get. His work has appeared in Fence, Bomb, McSweeney's, Salon, and other publications. His most recent book is I'm a Good Dog. He lives in New Orleans.

MIRIAM BIRD GREENBERG is the author of two chapbooks: All night in the new country (Sixteen Rivers) and Pact-Blood, Fever Grass (Ricochet Editions). She's held fellowships from the NEA, the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, the Poetry Foundation, and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry.

KATHARINE BEUTNER is an assistant professor of English at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. Her novel Alcestis won the 2011 Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction and her writing has appeared in Public Books, TriQuarterly, The Toast, and other publications. She has an MA and PhD from UT Austin
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