Focused and concise, a short story can leave a lasting impression. No one knows this better than writers. In this collection of essays celebrating the short-fiction form,edited by Jackson Bryer, University of Maryland professor emeritus of English, forty-eight of today’s leading literary figures introduce a favorite story, explain what drew them to it, and examine how their feelings toward it have deepened with time. Joining Bryer to discuss these selections will be an array of contributors—Maud Casey, Susan Coll, Jack Greer, Olga Grushin, Alice McDermott, Leslie Pietrzyk, Rion Amilcar Scott, and Mary Kay Zuravleff—responding to works by Edward P. Jones, Katherine Anne Porter, Vladimir Nabokov, Raymond Carver, and more.
University of Miami reading with poet Jericho Brown.
PEN America Literary Awards winner Rion Amilcar Scott returns to New York City to launch his sophomore short story collection The World Doesn’t Require You. This highly anticipated collection highlights Scott’s blazing prose as he takes on race, history, and genre, further establishing him as an essential voice in the contemporary literary canon. Scott will read from the book and discuss his creative process and inspirations with cultural critic Vinson Cunningham, New Yorker staff writer and Director of Programming for Jack Jones Literary Arts’ inaugural Culture, Too conference.
Slice Magazine Literary Conference Panel: Short-Form Structure, Style, and Syntax: How Crafting Short Stories Is a World All its Own
There’s an intensity to writing a short story, a pressure to make use of every element—the word count demands it. But this isn’t necessarily a constraint. It’s an opportunity to explore structure, style, and syntax in ways you can’t in a novel (that’s an entirely different panel). A group of writers talks about where they find inspiration for short stories, why they’re drawn to the form, which stories they’ve wrestled with most, and more.
With: Noah Ballard, CJ Hauser, Ivelisse Rodriguez and Ruvanee Vilhauer
We’ve lined up New York Times bestsellers and literary superstars right alongside some of this year’s biggest debut authors for an Exquisite Corpse unlike any you’ve ever seen. SLICE’s Paul Florez and Randy Winston are serving as hosts for the reading and will keep even the most unruly writers in line!
Here’s how this Exquisite Corpse game works: One author plucks a sentence from a hat and uses that sentence to kick off a story—right there, on the spot. The next author gets the last sentence of the first author’s installment (without hearing anything that preceded it) and continues the story. And so on. The result is a story stitched together, live, right before your eyes, without any preparation, by a group of literary masters (the final lineup will be announced in our conference program).
*Free and open to the public.
Panel: Exploring Identity & Altering History: Two Short Story Collections w/ Mecca Jamilah Sullivan
In his collection, The World Doesn’t Require You, Rion Amilcar Scott explores religion, violence, and love while shattering genre lines. Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, in blue talk & love, tells the stories of girls and women of color navigating the moods and mazes of urban life. Join these authors to hear about how they craft their stories of identity and altered history.