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Saturday, October 13 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
In Short: Micro Blasts

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Two powerful books are crafted in micro, using short chapters or essays to propel their stories forward. The Glass Eye is Jeannie Vanasco’s struggle to honor her father, her larger-than-life hero who named her after his other daughter who died. Spending the next decade in escalating mania, in and out of hospitals, Jeannie’s obsession with the other Jeanne turns to investigation into the mysterious circumstances of her death. Entertainment Weekly  says, “As the pages fly by, we’re right by Vanasco, breathlessly experiencing her grief, mania, revelations, and-- ultimately-- her relief.” In Permanent Exhibit, Matthew Vollmer fuses the insight of extended meditation with the immediacy of social media. These collage-style essays experiment with stream-of-conscious musings as Vollmer opens a browser window into his own mind showing a fast-forward montage of flying snakes, mass shootings, emojis, pop stars, stargazing, ghosts, circuses, and a hundred other things. David Shields calls the collection “A thrilling, hilarious book about the difference between privacy and publicity, between exhibition and excavation, between ephemera and art.”

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Jeannie Vanasco

Jeannie Vanasco is the author of The Glass Eye: A Memoir. Featured by Poets & Writers as one of the five best literary nonfiction debuts of 2017, The Glass Eye was also selected as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick, an Indies Introduce Pick, and an Indie Next... Read More →
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Matthew Vollmer

Matthew Vollmer is the author of two collections of short fiction—Gateway to Paradise (Persea, 2015) and Future Missionaries of America (MacAdam/Cage, 2009; Salt Publishing, 2010)—as well as a collection of essays—inscriptions for headstones (Outpost19, 2012). His work has appeared... Read More →

Saturday October 13, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Merten Hall, Room 1204 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030