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Friday, October 12 • 6:00pm - 7:15pm
Writing Through Identity

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Four award-winning essayists read from and discuss their explorations of identity on both personal and cultural levels.  In A Kind of Mirraculas Paradise: A True Story About Schizophrenia, Sandy Allen translated and molded their Uncle Bob’s autobiography focused on his battle with being “labeled a psychotic paranoid schizophrenic.” If You Need Me I'll Be Over There by Dave Madden is a collection of short stories starring queer characters and their identities as outsiders in the American Midwest. Mine by Sarah Viren is a debut essay collection which questions different forms of ownership: corporeal, familial, and intellectual. And, Beyond Measure: Essays by Rachel Z. Arndt explores the ritualistic nature of society, specifically looking at weigh-ins, wait times, work-outs, dating apps, and daily commutes. 

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Sandy Allen

Sandy Allen is a writer, speaker, editor and teacher. Sandy wrote the critically acclaimed work of reported literary nonfiction A Kind of Mirraculas Paradise: A True Story about Schizophrenia (Scribner, 2018). Their essays and features stories have been published by BuzzFeed New... Read More →
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Rachel Z. Arndt

Rachel Z. Arndt’s writing has appeared in Popular Mechanics, Quartz,The Believer, and elsewhere. She received MFAs in nonfiction and poetry from the University of Iowa, where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow and nonfiction editor of The Iowa Review. After stints in Rhode Island and New... Read More →
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Dave Madden

Dave Madden is the author of If You Need Me I’ll Be Over There and The Authentic Animal: Inside the Odd and Obsessive World of Taxidermy. His shorter work has appeared in Harper’s, The Normal School, LitHub, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere, and he’s received fellowships from... Read More →
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Sarah Viren

Sarah Viren a writer and translator. Her essay collection, Mine, won the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Book Prize, and her translation of the novella Cordoba Skies by the Argentine author Federico Falco was published Ploughshares Solos in 2016. With L. M. Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas... Read More →